Sustainable Livelihoods of Refugees and Host Communities through cash for work

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Sustainable Livelihoods of Refugees and Host Communities through cash for work

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August 2019 has been a been busy one at Living Earth Uganda as we held and participated in a series of strategic inception meetings with camp officials and partners in Kyangwali refugee settlement camp, located in Kikuube District. The meetings aimed towards the implementation of the UNDP’s ‘cash for work’ project, which aims to provide livelihood assistance to 330 refugees and host community population through emergency employment and social protection support.

In this arrangement, refugees and host communities will be paid per the reasonable time worked in fixing their feeder roads in the camp as well as collection of plastic wastes as a means to keep the camp free from environmental hazardous wastes.

At least five roads have been identified by partners from where selected beneficiaries will be working before they can get paid. Partners who were involved in this exercise included; the Office of Prime Minister, (OPM), UNHCR, the District Engineer and some members of the technical working group including but not limited to the Chief Administrative Officer, and Chairman Local council (LC5) of Kikuube District who welcomed the UNDP partnership and funding aimed to improving people’s livelihoods both in the settlement and host community.

He appreciated LEU for the continued commitment in successfully implementing community development projects.

We know LEU very well, we have worked with them in many other projects in the Albertine region; They are serious implementing partner to work with, and I am optimistic they will deliver as they have always done.

Mr. Francis Kazini

He said Kikuube is a young district with many needs describing the project as, “a prompt intervention”.

The roads selected sofa include; Kituti-Kagoma refuge reception center; 12kms, Nyamiganda to Mukunyu; 4.8kms, Kirokole to Mombasa; 2kms, Kyangwali to Katikala, Kyebitaka village in the settlement; 4kms.

Other strategic meetings held include; the “Emergency Refugee Response Strategy joint Mission for Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

The Chief administrative officer, Moses Chuna Kapolon emphasized issues of accountability, transparency, and involving the relevant departments in planning/implementation to ensure sustainability of the roads worked on during cash for work.

“While implementing such projects to vulnerable people like refugees, issues of integrity, transparency and human dignity must be observed”.

notes Kapolon

While presenting the project’s targets, Mr. Thierry Prouteau, the country’s UNDP program specialist emphasized prioritizing women and children who are most vulnerable and predisposed to risks.

The project is $85,000 worth, as cash for work to 330 households, of which 231(70%) are refugees and 99, (30%) are members from the host community. He went on to explain the general lines of activities and budgets, which LEU in consultation with all partners will breakdown into workable details for easy implementation and monitoring.

Ms Jolly Kebirungi, the OPM commandant, officially welcomed LEU and appreciated UNDP for the timely interventions and funds saying it will improve the livelihood of valuable families in the camp.

“I welcome you officially on this project, and I look forward to a fruitful engagements and effective implementation of the project’s targets” Ms Kebirungi said.



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