Uganda to Invest in Infrastructure in Refugee Settlements

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In short
According to the Government, Uganda needs eight billion US dollars for the next four years to handle the refugee crisis.

Uganda will use most of its funds for refugees towards infrastructural development, according to the comprehensive requirements to host refugee response.

Uganda which hosts 1.2 million refugees mostly from South Sudan will together with the United Nations host the refugee solidarity summit aimed at raising funds and pledging adequate support for refugees.

According to the Government, Uganda needs eight billion US dollars for the next four years to handle the refugee crisis.

The requirements for a comprehensive refugee response in Uganda span the range of responses from emergency and humanitarian interventions, resilience initiatives like funding, technical support, capacity building, investments, skills transfer and job creation in refugee-hosting districts among others.

In the allocations requirement by sector, infrastructure is proposed to take the huge chunk while livelihoods and environment follow.

Resilience initiatives in 2017, for instance, will require one billion dollars, while emergency and humanitarian interventions will take 960 million dollars. In 2018 up to 734 million dollars will be used for humanitarian response while 1.7 billion dollars will be used for resilience.

In the allocation by sector, infrastructure will get about 2.7 billion dollars, while Livelihoods and environment will take 1.7 billion dollars. The country plans to spend another 750 million dollars on Water, Sanitation and environment, 730 million dollars on land and shelter and 500 million dollars on food. Protection and security is to cost 480 million dollars, with health and education taking up 450 million and 250 million dollars respectively. Another 300 million dollars is to go to logistics and telecommunication.

Musa Ecweru, the state minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness states that the focus is on roads, settlements and schools to ensure long term effects among the refugees. He says most roads to the refugee camps are destroyed, while schools are in a poor state due to congestion.

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There are 1,252,470 refugees in Uganda of whom 898,000 are from South Sudan. Democratic Republic of Congo has at least 227,000 of its citizens living in Uganda as refugees, while Burundi refugees total up to 45,000. Other refugee contributing countries include Somalia at 42,000 and Rwanda at 17,000 among others. At least half a million of the refugees are children below 18 years.

Uganda ranks number one in hosting refugees in Africa and third in the world after Turkey and Pakistan.

Uganda is hailed for its model as refugees are given land and freedom to work and study among others.


About the author

Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.