The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) established operations in Tanzania in October 2015 to provide emergency assistance to Burundi refugees that were fleeing the violence that ensued following disputed presidential election in April 2015. From the onset, DRC’s operations in Tanzania have been based in Nduta and Mtendeli refugee camps with the main programme office located in Kibondo.
Since the beginning of the operation, DRC has been delivering an integrated multi-sectoral assistance that combines camp coordination, protection and livelihoods, in order to address the population’s needs as a whole.
With the displacement from Burundi expected to be protracted – given the non-resolution of the political situation and complex land issues, and despite the beginning of a voluntary repatriation process. DRC is progressively shifting from an emergency phase to more longer-term intervention, including through support to the host communities around the camps.
DRC’s main activities currently comprise of:
- Camp Management and Camp Coordination of both Nduta and Mtendeli, including distribution of core relief items, shelter allocation and maintenance, reception of new arrivals (until the last quarter of 2017) and support to the voluntary repatriation process (since the last quarter of 2017).
- Protection and Community Based Protection, including support to community based governance and protection structures, information dissemination, support to the feedback mechanisms, as well as conflict management activities and peaceful coexistence events between in-camp and host communities’ populations since 2018, following a conflict dynamics analysis conducted in 2017 by DDG’s conflict advisors.
- Livelihoods/Food security, including kitchen gardening, support to the business community both inside and outside the camps, as well as cash based interventions (through vouchers).
- General Food Distribution since 2018.
- Infrastructure and WASH
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