Joint Press Release Kampala June 6, 2018

New report details situation of child poverty and deprivation among refugees and host communities

People living in Uganda’s refugee hosting districts – both people from host communities and refugees - are deprived of basic services like water, sanitation and shelter.

This, according to a study on Child Poverty and Deprivation in Refugee Hosting Areas by the Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC), the University of Cardiff and UNICEF, which assessed child poverty, deprivation and social service delivery in refugee and host communities in West Nile, the South West, and Kampala.  

“This study represents the first attempt to compare child poverty and deprivation in host and refugee communities in Uganda” said Sarah Ssewanyana, EPRC’s Executive Director. “Globally, it represents the first application of a consensual approach to measuring poverty and deprivation in emergency situations.”

Key findings of the study include:

“We need to go beyond emergency response to build the systems and capacities of all social services in refugee hosting districts,” said Dr. Doreen Mulenga, UNICEF’s Representative in Uganda.  “Only by doing so - with health, nutrition, education, water, sanitation, and child protection services, among others – will we reduce the multiple deprivations experienced by tens of thousands of refugee children and children in host communities.”

The study recommends to: expand access to basic social services and improve quality and efficiency; improve institutional mechanisms for delivering social services; boost household food security; introduce the accelerated education programme; provide employment and livelihood support to urban refugees; foster better cohesion and integration between refugees and hosts; improve the balance between refugee and host community programming; and routinely monitor multidimensional poverty in humanitarian contexts to inform programming

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About Economic Policy Research Centre

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