Japan Gives UGX 22B for Refugees, Host Communities

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The assistance will be provided as part implementation of the Refugee and Host Population Empowerment ReHoPE strategy, part of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework and in line with the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants.

The Government of Japan has announced a contribution of USD six million (22 billion Shillings) to support refugees and host communities in Uganda.

The money, channeled through the United Nations System, will cover a period of one year from March 2018 to March 2019. The assistance will be provided as part implementation of the Refugee and Host Population Empowerment (ReHoPE) strategy, part of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework and in line with the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants.

The Ambassador of Japan to Uganda, His Excellency Kazuaki Kameda, made the donation announcement in Kampala at the Uganda Media Center.

This, in the presence of the Minister of Disaster Preparedness Hillary Onek, the UN Resident Coordinator Rosa Malango, the new Representative of the United Nations Refugees Agency (UNHCR) Joel Boutroue, the World Food Programme (WFP) Representative El Khidir Daloum, and the acting Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Representative Priya Gujadhur.

The funding will be split between UN agencies UNHCR, WFP, FAO and UNDP for various humanitarian responses including food and nutrition, hygiene, livelihoods and investments in host communities, among others.

Amb. Kazuaki said the donation is in response to the continuous influx of refugees and the increasing needs of both refugees and host communities. He cautioned against corrupt practices, warning that the money must not be abused and that safeguards have to be put to ensure proper use of the funds.

Ambassador Kazuaki said Uganda has been spearheading an exemplary refugee assistance model despite being constantly challenged by the large influx of refugees from neighbouring countries.

Minister Onek thanked the Japanese government for consistently supporting refugees and host communities, and called on other development partners to contribute too because there are still outstanding refugee needs that require funding.

The six million dollars follow the 3.6 million dollars Japan gave last year, out of the 10 million dollars she contributed at the Uganda Solidarity Summit last year.

Rosa Malango, the UN Resident Coordinator, said with the support Japan gave last year UN agencies provided services in public health, water and sanitation, life-saving food assistance, livelihood support and created emergency employment for refugees and host communities.

Uganda is the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa with more than 1.4 million refugees and asylum seekers. Majority of the refugees and asylum seekers originate from South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda and Somalia.

 

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David Rupiny
In his own words, David Rupiny says, "I am literally a self-trained journalist with over 12 years of experience. Add the formative, student days then I can trace my journalism roots to 1988 when as a fresher in Ordinary Level I used to report for The Giraffe News at St Aloysius College Nyapea in northern Uganda.


In addition to URN for which I have worked for five years now, I have had stints at Radio Paidha, Radio Pacis, Nile FM and KFM. I have also contributed stories for The Crusader, The New Vision and The Monitor. I have also been a contributor for international news organisations like the BBC and Institute for War and Peace Reporting. I am also a local stringer for Radio Netherlands Worldwide.


I am also a media entrepreneur. I founded The West Niler newspaper and now runs Rainbow Media Corporation (Rainbow Radio 88.2 FM in Nebbi). My areas of interest are conflict and peacebuilding, business, climate change, health and children and young people, among others."