UNDP-KOICA Launch UGX 33B Refugee Employment Project

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Polly Mugisha Akwankwasa, the head of Management Support in UNDP, says the project will provide funds to refugees and people within the host communities to improve on their social welfare.

The United Nations Development Programme-UNDP and the government of Korea through the Korea International Cooperation Agency have signed a memorandum of understanding for a Shillings 33 billion (USD 9M)  project that is going to employ refugees in settlements and host communities.

The project will be implemented in Moyo, Adjumani and Moyo districts that host refugees from neighboring countries. It is estimated that Uganda hosts more than one million refugees, 794.387 of whom are from South Sudan.

The project will offer short term employment opportunities to men and women in these communities. They will be involved in projects as tree planting, clean roads and startup small scale businesses.
 
The UNDP Resident Representative Almaz Gebru says the implementation of the project will help build the lives of refugees and people in the host community. She says it will make their lives more dignified since they will be working for their pay instead of receiving handouts from different people.

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Gebru says the districts were selected because they need seed funds more compared to other refugee hosting districts.

"The needs of refugees and other hosting communities are great throughout the country. The three were chosen depending on their situation and needs at the time," she said.

The beneficiaries of the project will be required to work for 30 days every month before they can be paid.

Polly Mugisha Akwankwasa, the head of Management Support in UNDP, says the project will provide funds to refugees and people within the host communities to improve on their social welfare.

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The project will also provide vocational training, value chain development and sensitization about gender based violence. It is scheduled to start this year and will run for four years.