Integrated emergency response for South Sudanese refugees and affected host community members - Uganda
To reduce the vulnerability of South Sudanese refugees and host communities, in particular of persons with specific needs (PSN) and youths, through the promotion of human dignity, increased resilience, and improved protection in Uganda.
1. South Sudanese PSN have increased access to improved shelters (new gender appropriate, safe, dignified semi-permanent shelters, including latrines & repaired temporary and semi-temporary shelters).
2. Most at-risk refugee and host community youths, with specific attention to girls, are supported to strengthen their livelihoods base, thereby reducing vulnerability to protection risks including Gender Based Violence (GBV).
The project will directly benefit 4,905 South Sudanese refugees and host community members in Uganda:
- 4,345 South Sudanese refugee PSN household members with improved shelter conditions.
- 560 South Sudanese refugee (70%) and host community (30%) youths receiving livelihood support, enhancing their protection (including from GBV) and community relations.
- 6,402 family members of refugee and host community youths participating in the business development skills program and livelihood activities and individuals benefitting from business multiplier effects;
- 7,300 members of the refugee and host communities who benefit from enhanced protection from GBV risks
The project will indirectly benefit 10,342 South Sudanese refugees and host community members (as there is an overlap of 3,360 family members who benefit from both.
Implementing Partners of the Applicant are CARE International in Uganda and the
West Nile Private Sector Development Promotion Centre (WENIPS),
Location: West Nile Region, Arua district, Imvepi settlement.
Result 1: 1. Identify refugee PSN; 2. Recruit and train shelter volunteers; 3. Identify & train construction work providers & linking with vocational training graduates; 4. Construct new semi-permanent shelter, with latrines; 5. Hygiene Promotion, 6. Repair and maintenance of 600 shelters; 7. Follow-up with shelter beneficiaries.
Result 2.1: 1. Develop curriculum for business and life-skills training of trainers; 2. Rapid mapping of skills/capacities and local business opportunities; 3. Participatory selection of youth entrepreneur trainers; 4. Train youth trainers on business training, life-skills training and facilitation skills; 5. Participatory selection of business training participants; 6. Construct & equip permanent job centre; 7. Provide business skills and financial literacy training; 8. Provide vocational training through job placements/job centre; 9. Provide start-up capital for businesses; 10. Provide follow-up support.
Result 2.2: 1. Provide life-skills training to youths; 2. Provide accelerated training on Role Model Men approach to 10 male youth trainers; 3. Support youth trainers to train and mentor male youth as "Role Model Men&Boys"; 4. Train girls on their right to a life free from violence.
Uganda hosts close to 980,000 refugees from South Sudan, with a daily arrival rate of 2,000 with peaks of 7,000 in December 2016. Imvepi settlement in Arua district hosts 110,000 South Sudan refugees. As Imvepi is being closed to new arrivals, the response is moving from provision of temporary to semi-permanent shelter. Persons with specific needs (PSN) are in urgent need of shelter to protect their health and wellbeing and increase their resilience to risks, including GBV risks. They often lack the physical strength and/or psychosocial resilience to build their own shelter, and thus require prioritization and additional support.
Continuously high arrival rates from South Sudan negatively impact the livelihoods of both refugees and local population. Many struggle to generate income to complement food rations and yields of small plots provided by the Government of Uganda, exacerbated by poor soil conditions. Youths are particularly vulnerable to protection risks related to their socio-economic situation and age, including sexual exploitation, early marriage, and forced recruitment. As displacement is prolonged, risks of inter-community tensions, and conflict over access to resources, increase, with first incidents already reported from Imvepi.