Uganda’s location in the Great Lakes region is strategic for providing assistance to refugees. Following the outbreak of civil war in South Sudan in 2013 and due to the ongoing conflict in the Congo, Uganda is presently hosting more than 510.000 refugees (UNHCR). Out of these, 250.000 refugees have arrived in the West Nile and western Uganda since March 2013.

The high presence of refugees puts pressure on resources available in hosting communities and creates a pressing challenge to ensure protection of the new arrivals. At the same time, Uganda is facing post-conflict recovery in the northern region, which has been affected by rebel insurgency up until 2007. In the pastoral region of Karamoja in the northeast the situation is transitioning from armed conflict to community development.

About the program
Since 1997, DRC has worked with refugees and internally displaced persons in Uganda. From 2007 to 2012 DDG carried out land mine clearance in northern and western Uganda, based on which Uganda in 2012 was declared free of mines. In 2010, DRC-DDG launched operations in Karamoja, where complementary Livelihoods and Armed Violence Reduction programs are taking place. Currently, DRC-DDG is working in West-Nile, Northern Uganda, Western Uganda and Karamoja.

DRC-DDG works within the areas of:

  • Livelihoods
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Infrastructural Development
  • Armed Violence Reduction
  • Protection and Community Services
  • General Food Distribution
  • Emergency Response

The aim of the operation in Uganda is to recreate safe environments, conducive to pursuing quality of life for displaced and conflict-affected populations in Uganda.

DRC aims to achieve this aims through following the objectives:

  • Contributing to conflict reduction
  • Enhancing opportunities for self-reliance
  • Developing the capacity of government agencies

Partners and Donors:

Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA)
European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department

Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)
Lisa og Gudmund Jorgensens Fond
Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)

UK Department for International Development (DfID)
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC)
World Food Programme of the United Nations (WFP)