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AAH-I at Refugee Solidarity Summit

  

Uganda held the first Solidarity Summit on refugees in Kampala from 22nd to 23rd June 2017. The Summit was hosted by the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni and the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. At the end of the 2-day Summit, the international community had pledged $358.2 million of the $2 billion that the Summit hoped to raise to support the nearly 1.3 million refugees, out of which 900,000 are from South Sudan

 

Uganda Solidarity Summit logo

 

The Summit, which intended to fundraise for the refugees and showcase Uganda’s settlement approach to the refugee crisis, fell short of its funding agenda but attracted the attention of the international community to the plight of refugees. Uganda is second to Turkey in the world and number one in Africa in hosting the largest number of refugees. 

 

International nongovernmental organizations played a part in the Summit. The Uganda Red Cross was the lead organizer of the NGO participation. The theme of the NGO side event was “The role of humanitarian and development NGOs and the civil society in addressing the humanitarian development nexus in supporting refugees and host communities”. The event largely focused on investing and building the capacity of local, national actors, NGOs and civil society, to become better positioned to support refugees and the communities they live in. The NGOs raised some concerns about the support they receive to implement activities and recommended several reforms to the refugee response. They recommended:

 

  1. That support to the NGO responders should be more predictable to enable better planning and preparedness
  2. Multi-year financing is essential and should be considered. The average stay of a refugee is 15 years, while some refugees stay for much longer or become nationals. During the past 2 years, only a small number of refugees in Uganda have repatriated back to their countries. Therefore the refugee crisis ought to be seen in the longer term perspective than it currently is, hence the need for multi-year financing.  
  3. Better collaboration and coordination between the various actors.
  4. Recognition that NGOs, just like the UN, need their administration costs covered.
  5. Local organizations to increase their visibility
  6. International NGOs to include in their plans and budgets aspects of building the capacity of local organizations

 

AAH Uganda Country Director Dr. Daraus Bukenya represented AAH-I at the event. 

Inspiring story ahead of the World Refugee day.