The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) established operations in Tanzania in October 2015 to provide emergency assistance to Burundi refugees who were fleeing violence that ensued following the disputed presidential election in April 2015. From the onset, DRC’s operations in Tanzania have been based in Nduta and Mtendeli refugee camps. The main programme office is located in Kibondo and Country office is located in Dar es Salaam. DRC Tanzania is headed by the Country Director with an Area Manager responsible for the operation in Kigoma District. The country program employs 217 national and 7 international staff. 

DRC is delivering an integrated multi-sectoral assistance program that combines camp coordination and camp management, protection, livelihoods, community based protection, general food distribution, water & sanitation and hygiene, in order to address the populations needs as a whole. 

The displacement from Burundi is protracted – given the non-resolution of the political situation, complex land issues, insecurity, difficult economic situation and despite the continuation of a voluntary repatriation process. DRC has shifted from an emergency phase to more long-term interventions, including support to the host communities in the vicinity of the camps. 

DRC’s main activities currently comprise of: 

  • Camp Management and Camp Coordination in both Nduta and Mtendeli, including distribution of core relief items and other non-food items, shelter allocation and maintenance, wet feeding to persons of concern held by police and operation of departure center. 
  • Protection and Community Based Protection, including support to community based governance and protection structures, information dissemination, support to the feedback mechanisms, psychosocial support as well as conflict management activities and peaceful coexistence events between in-camp and host communities’ populations (following a conflict dynamics analysis conducted in 2017 by DDGs conflict advisors). 
  • Livelihoods/Food security, including kitchen gardening, support to the business community both inside and outside the camps, cash based interventions (through vouchers), village loan saving groups and solar energy lighting. 
  • General Food Distribution in Nduta and Mtendeli refugee camps. 
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene support in Nduta, including construction of household latrines, decommissioning and replacement of family shared latrines, construction of bathing shelters, distribution of kits (such as dignity kits and household latrine cleaning kits), as well as support to establishment of safe water systems in surrounding host communities.

Partners and Donors:

UK Department for International Development (DfID)

European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (DG ECHO)

World Food Programme of the United Nations (WFP)

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

The Philips Foundation

United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)