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European Union in Kenya Continues Innovative Support to Host Communities and Refugees

07/04/2020 - 14:13
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Since 2016, the European Union (EU) in Kenya has been working with a number of UN agencies and in close cooperation with the Government of Kenya to provide host communities and refuges with new and innovative ways of support.

Under this existing framework, two projects have started their activities this week. The aim is to promote self-reliance, decrease aid dependencies and foster social and economic interactions among host communities and refugees. These measures will also support communities against the socio-economic impact of the current COVID-19 outbreak.

EU Ambassador to Kenya, Simon Mordue noted: ‘I am pleased to announce today the continuation of our programme that promotes the idea of durable solutions for refugees in Kenya, while supporting Kenya’s host communities. We hope that this can provide a model for other regions in thinking of long-term strategies and enhancing self-reliance.’

Kenya currently hosts close to 500,000 refugees, with a majority split between two refugee camps, Dadaab and Kakuma. The EU has long been providing humanitarian support to refugees through European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations. Since the establishment of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, the EU is working with its partners to provide refugees and host communities in Kenya with additional resources amounting to 40 million Euro/4.6 billion Kenyan Shilling.

The two new projects starting this week are targeting both refugee camps in Kenya. The Danish Refugee Council and the Norwegian Refugee Council will implement component one. It not only promotes improved and diversified skills and competencies but also aims to enable economic opportunities for refugee and local communities through an improved business environment.

Implemented by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), together with the World Food Programme (WFP), UN Habitat and the Food and Agriculture (FAO); component two will focus on four areas. These areas can be divided into policy coordination and management, infrastructure development in Kalobeyei Settlement, prevention and response to sexual and gender based violence and increasing household capacities to access safe and nutritious food.

All activities are also closely aligned with the regional IGAD-led Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework, the Kenyan Government’s policies and sub-national policy coordination including the Kalobeyei Integrated Socio and Economic Development Programme (KISEDP) in Turkana West Sub-County. The EU Delegation is also working with UNHCR to explore additional measures to support refugees and host communities during the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak.

For more information, please see: EU Africa Trust Fund website

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