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UN Country Team meets in West Nile and visits Refugee Settlements

The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) held its monthly meeting in the field for the first time, in Arua on 19th May 2017. Prior to the meeting members of UNCT visited Bidibidi and Imvepi Refugee Settlements. The UNCT also met with leaders of Arua District including civilian and security officials. They interacted with Ugandans, refugees and NGOs working in the region. The World Bank Country Manager Ms. Christina Malmberg Calvo also attended and participated actively in the visit.

The purpose of having the meeting in the field was to enable UNCT members to listen to colleagues and partners in the field to inform decision making on modalities to reinforce strategic coordination and improve the delivery of services in accordance with Uganda’s comprehensive approach to refugee hosting. The visit also aimed to give UNCT members the opportunity to gain first-hand experience on the work being done in the field by the UN in partnership with the Government, NGOs and local populations to implement the Government’s Settlement Transformative Agenda through the Refugee and Host Community Empowerment approach – which today is a leading example of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework implementation. It also served to prepare for the Uganda Solidarity Summit next month, which will include field visits to refugee hosting districts and settlements in West Nile.

‘We are here to listen and observe to strengthen our partnership,’ said UN Resident Coordinator Ms. Rosa Malango during the dinner with Arua district leaders. The dinner was attended by the Resident District Commissioner (RDC), District Chairperson, Deputy Chief Administrative Office (CAO), heads of departments and senior district officials.

The UNCT undertook field visits in two separate groups to Imvepi Refugee Settlement in Arua District and Bidibidi Refugee Settlement in Yumbe District. The group that visited Yumbe District met with the district leaders there and held discussions regarding durable solutions for refugees and host communities.

The leaders of both Arua and Yumbe districts reaffirmed their commitment to assist the refugees from South Sudan with dignity in the spirit of humanity. However, they highlighted some of the challenges they were facing such as the status of roads, which were being affected by heavy trucks delivering support to the refugees, inadequate sustainable water supply for refugees and host communities, and environmental degradation. The district leaders called on the UN and partners to assist them in overcoming these challenges.

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