Uganda is one of the countries with the highest number of refugees in the world. According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), there are nearly 1.4 million refugees in the country, including 225,000 coming from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Refugees live in settlements within host communities and have access to the same services available to Ugandan nationals. The high rate of poverty among refugees and limited economic opportunities contribute to higher poverty levels in refugee-hosting areas, like the Rwamwanja refugee settlement, located in the Kamwenge District and home to approximately 77,000 Congolese refugees. To improve food and nutrition security and self-reliance among extremely poor households in the Kamwenge refugee settlement and host communities, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) Office of Food for Peace (FFP) awarded AVSI Foundation a $36,700,000 cooperative agreement to implement, in consortium with Trickle Up and IMPAQ International, the Graduating to Resilience project from 2017-2024.
With this investment, USAID is signaling its commitment to the cutting edge and ambitious “Refugee and Host Population Empowerment (ReHope) Strategic Framework” led by the Government of Uganda and the United Nations, in partnership with the World Bank, donors and implementing partners. Officially launched in June 2017, ReHope is “a transformative strategy to bring together a wide range of stakeholders in a harmonized and cohesive manner to ensure more effective programming. It is a response to specific challenges faced in delivering protection and achieving social and economic development for both refugee and host communities.”
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