Uganda Refugee News – Edition 15 March 2021

Uganda Refugee News – Edition 15 March 2021

Welcome to Edition 15

This month’s newsletter covers research, updates and recent news across all the sectors, including UNHCR’s Q4 2020 dashboards. There are also three training opportunities.

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Sector specific:


British Council – Technical Launch of Language use in refugee-impacted schools in Uganda report 2021
NRC – Refugee Status, Gender and Learning – This data report provides details from a survey of applicants to the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Accelerated Education Program in Northern Uganda, 2020. The surveys covered a range of topics, such as demographic and socioeconomic background, school attendance, academic skills, social control, feelings and perceptions on various topics, and future aspirations
Mobility justice: working through cross-disciplinary perspectives on technology and refugee youth in Uganda during a pandemic
Teachers’ Perspectives: Challenges in the Integration of Refugee Children Deported from Israel to Uganda
UNHCR – Uganda Refugee Response Plan (RRP) 2020-2021, Education Dashboard – Quarter 4, January – December 2020


A critical analysis of the legal framework for sustainable management of biodiversity; a case of Bidibidi refugee settlement in Uganda – The purpose of this thesis was to present a comprehensive analysis of the challenge posed by the inability of the legal and institutional framework in conserving biodiversity within the refugee context and identify the shortcomings. The findings show both threatened species and habitats outside protected areas of Bidibidi settlement.
Newlab Tests Life-Saving Cookstoves in the Nakivale Refugee Settlement– gaining insights and feedback about what makes for safe, affordable, and efficient at home cooking.
UNHCR – Uganda Refugee Response Plan (RRP) 2020-2021, Environment & Energy Dashboard – Quarter 4, January – December 2020


Compliance to COVID-19 guidelines in Uganda: Insights from a multi-site study in 13 refugee settlements – The study found a serious disconnect between the high knowledge levels and compliance with the recommended COVID-19 preventive measures. Compliance levels have drastically declined, which is also depicted by the increasing number of COVID-19 cases and deaths at the community level – although many remain unreported in light of the constrained health system capacity.
Monitoring Social and Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on Refugees in Uganda: Results from the High-Frequency Phone Survey – Second Round
U-Learn – COVID-19 Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) Assessment – This assessment aims to strengthen the evidence base surrounding RCCE approaches in Uganda, in particular in refugee communities during the COVID-19 response, to inform the successful delivery of RCCE
COVID-19 Context Analysis Report – several context assessments were carried out to better understand participants knowledge of COVID-19 information (Participant Awareness), impact of restrictions on participants lives (Participant Experience), as well as the impact to surrounding markets both from a supply and demand perspective (Market Research).
Context Report – Round June 2020 – this second data collection took place to revise previous tools to better reflect the evolving context and understand how this changing environment affects participants and markets, which has been helpful for decision-making based on the most current information.

Intersecting stigma and HIV testing practices among urban refugee adolescents and youth in Kampala, Uganda: qualitative findings.
Using Intervention Mapping methodology to design an HIV linkage intervention in a refugee settlement in rural Uganda
Lost in freedom: ambivalence on sexual freedom among Burundian adolescents living in the Nakivale refugee settlement, Uganda
A synthesis of key aspects of health systems and policy design affecting the refugee populations in Uganda
Suicide Ideation and Psychosocial Distress Among Refugee Adolescents in Bidibidi Settlement in West Nile, Uganda
East and Horn of Africa, and the Great Lakes – COVID-19 emergency response, External Update #27
Uganda Refugee Response Plan (RRP) 2020-2021
Health & Nutrition Dashboard – Quarter 4, Jan – Dec 2020
Food Security Dashboard – Quarter 4, January – December 2020


NEW – Extreme exclusion and relative deprivation in subsistence marketplaces: A study in a refugee settlement in Nakivale, Uganda
NEW – K4D Potential private sector involvement in supporting refugee livelihoods and self-reliance in Uganda:Annotated bibliography
Linking refugees to formal financial services (Part I) – Financial services are an important avenue for refugees to save money, access loans, and manage life shocks. However, many of them struggle to access finance because of legal barriers, lack of identity documentation, lack of credit history in their new locations, or collateral as security. Despite the challenges they face in accessing formal finance, refugees have found ways around financial exclusion. As part of a financial diaries study started in September 2020 by BFA. This blog shares the initial insights from the financial diaries research in Nakivale and West Nile refugee settlements
Refugees and volunteering in Uganda – This working paper discusses initial findings showing that: 1) Young refugee’s limitations in accessing paid work is critical to understand volunteering’s role in building livelihoods; 2) Discriminatory hiring practises among different groups create inequalities in access to volunteering opportunities;3) Refugees in urban settings account for additional challenges that influence the social aspects of their volunteer experience due to increased competition as well as a lack of institutional structures.
How refugee entrepreneurs are surviving the pandemic – Starting their own enterprises can help refugees and immigrants to survive and thrive in their new countries. But the Covid-19 pandemic has forced many to pivot their businesses – and it has brought new challenges to the organisations that support them. This paper explains the conclusions of recent research in Brazil, Spain and Uganda
Engineering a brighter future for refugees and female scientists in Uganda
“We Make the Voice of These People Heard”: Trajectories of Socioeconomic Mobility among Congolese Pastors in Kampala, Uganda (paid for content) – This article focuses on religious entrepreneurship in a context of displacement, specifically among Congolese refugees in Kampala, where becoming a pastor is one of the few opportunities available for social mobility.
Refugee Entrepreneurship, Business Ownership, and the Right to Work in Host Communities: A Legal Comparative Analysis – This report provides a legal overview of policies affecting refugee entrepreneurship in eight select countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Pakistan, Turkey, and Uganda. The report offers country-by-country insights on refugee laws and policies; enterprise development; and informal business activities. The research suggests that adopting policies focusing on refugee and host community collaboration will best serve host countries by encouraging refugee self-reliance and promoting positive outcomes for all stakeholders.
UNHCR – Uganda Refugee Response Plan (RRP) 2020-2021,
Food Security Dashboard – Quarter 4, January – December 2020
Livelihood and resilience Dashboard – Quarter 4, January – December 2020


No Refuge: South Sudan’s targeting of refugee HRDs outside the country – The majority of cases documented inthis report refer to incidents that happened outside of South Sudan, mostly in Kenya and Uganda.
Protection Cluster – Terms of Reference: Child Protection Sub Working Group – National Level, Uganda Refugee Response, March 2021
UNHCR – Uganda Refugee Response Plan (RRP) 2020-2021, Dashboard – Quarter 4, Jan – Dec 2020
Gender Based Violence
Child protection


EWB – Harnessing the Sun: Providing Clean Drinking Water to Refugees in Uganda
UNHCR/OPM – WASH KAP Endline Survey Report – December 2020 for Imvepi, Kiryandongo, Bidi Bidi, Rhino
UNHCR – ,Uganda Refugee Response Plan (RRP) 2020-2021, WASH Dashboard – Quarter 4, January – December 2020


USAID/AVSI – Reusable Sanitary Pads and Baby Diapers Assessment Report – sought to better understand and identify the need and feasibility of gender-specific PSE linkages for female participants. Specifically, it sought to understand female participants and their household members’ current behavior around menstrual hygiene management (MHM) and baby care practices, interest in MHM and baby care products, as well as interest in related income-generating activities (IGA).
Coercion and control: How information and individuality intersect for South Sudanese refugees in Uganda – This research set out to understand whether there is a connection between how South Sudanese refugees in Ugandan refugee camps access information and how they weigh their options during displacement.
Mobility justice: Working through cross-disciplinary perspectives on refugee youth in Uganda
Uganda Refugee Response Plan (RRP) 2020-2021,
CBI Dashboard – Quarter 4 Jan-Dec 2020
Shelter, Settlement & NFI Dashboard – Quarter 4, Jan – Dec 2020

2021 Funding Update as of 30 March, as of 24 March, as of 9 March
Operational Update, 1 – 28 February 2021
Performance Snapshot, Uganda Refugee Response Plan (RRP) 2020-2021 – Quarter 4, January – December 2020, Kampala Urban Refugees; Rwamwanja, Kyaka II, Oruchinga, Nakivale, Lobule, Rhino, Palorinya, Palabek, Adjumani, Bidi Bidi, Kiryandongo, Palabek, Imvepi
Refugee Statistics February 2021 – Palabek, Adjumani, Imvepi, Kyaka II, Kyangwali, Kampala, Nakivale, Oruchinga, Lobule, Palorinya, Rwamwanja, Rhino, Kiryandongo, Bidi bidi
UNHCR Logistics as of 09 March 2021
Regional Bureau for East And Horn of Africa, and the Great Lakes Region – Refugees and Asylum-Seekers by country of asylum (as of 28 February 2021)

Government of Uganda Office of the Prime Minister: Uganda Refugees & Asylum Seekers as of 02/Mar/2021
Uganda Active Population Population by settlement : February 2021

Refugee Statistics Map February 2021
Refugee Statistics February 2021

Uganda Country Brief, January 2021, December 2020
Uganda mVAM Bulletin: December 2020, November 2020, October 2020, September 2020, August 2020, July 2020 – Food Security Monitoring: Urban Areas, Refugee Hosting Areas and Karamoja

UNICEF Uganda –
Humanitarian Situation Overview as of February 2021
Humanitarian Situation Report No. 1: January – February 2021

REACH/WFP – Market Monitor – Refugee Hosting Areas – Refugee settlement price and market functionality snapshot 1 -31 December 2020
FEWS-Net –
Uganda Food Security Outlook, February to September 2021
Uganda Key Message Update: Delayed and below-average rainfall results in a slow start of the first agricultural season, March 2021

Training, Events etc:

FIND Symposium: Refugee Integration in Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, and Uganda Tue, Apr 20 – 3:00 PM – Wed, Apr 21 5:30 PM – This symposium will explore the financial integration of refugees, drawing on recent research conducted in Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, and Uganda
The Groundwater Development School (GDS) – is a4-week training programme run by Groundwater Relief that educates young professionals on every aspect of siting, drilling, constructing and managing a borehole. The second round of applications: 17 March 4 April. The course will run over a 4-week period in August 2021. Course fees are £3900 to include – training, accommodation, food, drink and internal travel and also help cover the costs of constructing the water supply for a community in North Uganda.

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