Assistance to Sudanese and other Refugees in Uganda 2009
Since 2006, the Northern part of Uganda has remained calm even though international efforts to have the LRA demobilized and sign a peace agreement with the Ugandan Government have not proved successful.
The Ugandan government proclaimed a progressive refugee law in 2006, allowing all refugees to seek asylum and enabling most of them to have access to land and the right to work, once refugee status has been granted. However, this is yet to become fully operational and UNHCR continues to assist refugees in settlements, and to support the government in improving the quality of its protection and asylum procedures and systems and in the capacity building of the asylum authorities.
The objectives of the project are:
1. Ensuring protection for all refugees and asylum seekers, including access to asylum,
protecting against refoulement, violence, abuse and gender based violence, and
maintaining the civilian character of refugee settlements.
2. Pursuing the social and economic rights of persons of concern focusing on primary
health care, including reducing malnutrition, malaria and enabling access to primary
education, women's empowerment, and self-reliance.
The Austrian contribution will support activities in the following sectors:
¢ Health and nutrition
¢ Community services
¢ Protection and monitoring
Activities will be primarily implemented for approximately 55,000 Sudanese refugees in Moyo, Adjumani, Arua, Yumbe, Hoima, Masindi and Kigumba districts. In addition there are also a small number of Congolese, Kenyan, Rwandan and other refugees benefiting from the activities.
The UNHCR Annual Program in Uganda and subsequently this project are part of the UN CAP 2009.