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European Union increases support to refugees and host communities

20/06/2020 - 09:51
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On World Refugee Day the European Union in Kenya announces an additional EUR 7.3 million / KES 880 million to support its programme ‘Enhancing Self-reliance of Refugees and Host Communities in Kenya’.

Kenya has been a refugee hosting country for several decades. In support of Kenya and the local, host communities, the European Union to Kenya works with UNHCR Kenya, as well as other UN agencies and the Danish and Norwegian Refugee Councils to increase self-reliance and economic independence.

Since 2016, the European Union has invested over EUR 45 million/KES 5.4 billion through the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa. The main activities covered include:

  • Delivery of joint services in the sectors of health, education and protection.
  • Set-up of horticultural farms and smaller kitchen gardens for household consumption and for selling excess produce at local markets.
  • Skills training including on business development and set-up.
  • Development of urban special plans to enhance local infrastructure and facilitate business activities.

The EU’s support will also assist UNHCR Kenya in its response to COVID-19. UNHCR is equipping health and isolation centres with the required PPEs and other medical equipment, provide communities with soap, access to water and face masks as well as ensure protection services, such as support to women at risk of SGBV, can be maintained throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. 

EU Ambassador to Kenya Simon Mordue notes:

‘On this World Refugee Day, I’m pleased to announce a financial top-up to our refugee and host community support programme. When visiting Kenya’s refugee camps, I have seen the optimism of refugees and their encouragement to engage with our programme’s activities. I believe this engagement can make a real difference to communities’ livelihoods, while supporting both refugee and host communities during this difficult time.’

In addition to this programme, the European Union is providing humanitarian assistance to refugees in Kenya. Out of its €15.5 million overall funding for Kenya in 2020, EU humanitarian aid continues to support the provision of basic life-saving aid such as food assistance through cash modality, healthcare, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), protection, and education in emergency in the Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps

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