Refugee Management Symposium 2019

Starts: Wednesday, 17 July 2019 - 00:00am
Ends: Wednesday, 17 July 2019 - 00:00am
Location: Imperial Royale, Kampala
About this activity

Activity Report

On the 17th of July 2019, the Centre for Policy Analysis (CEPA) with support from the USAID funded Governance, Accountability, Participation and Performance (GAPP) Program convened a high level Refugee Management Symposium at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala.

The engagement brought together key actors from government, host communities, implementing partners, operating partners and civil society on one platform to discuss the refugee management response, in order to get sustainable solutions to the refugee problem.  .Centre for Policy Analysis (CEPA) with support from the USAID funded Governance, Accountability, Participation and Performance (GAPP) Program convened a high level Refugee Management Symposium at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala.
The engagement brought together key actors from government, host communities, implementing partners, operating partners and civil society on one platform to discuss the refugee management response, in order to get sustainable solutions to the refugee problem. .
The overall goal of this engagement was to contribute to improved refugee management and specifically supporting improved reliance of host communities and service delivery for the refugee host local governments and it was organized to achieve the following objectives;
1. Provide feedback from the different actors on the challenges and successes of the interventions in the refugee response management framework
2. Develop strategies for streamlining the gaps in the policy framework.
3. To advocate for increased financial and technical support for the host communities
In the dialogue, the leadership of the host districts, that is Chief Administrative Officers, Resident District Commissioners and District Chairpersons of the 8 DHC supported by GAPP and the national stakeholders including the Office of the Prime Minister, Members of Parliament from the Host communities, the committee on Public Service and local Government, and Presidential affairs committee, and UNHCR discussed strategies on how to address the issues raised in the GAPP organized Barraza in the refugees host communities and the CEPA research report.
During the discussions that ensued, stakeholders shared their live experiences in dealing with refugee response and the challenges they face. Challenges faced in refugee response work included among others; conflicts with locals, resource constraints and severe competition for resources, increasing environmental impact as a result of the refugee influx and uncoordinated refugee projects and programs, the security threat caused by the refugee influx and UNHCR’s discriminatory treatment of refugees.
In response, solutions emerged from the discussions and these included;
• Review of the 2006 Refugee Act and the 2010 Refuge Regulations, implement the guidelines in the refugee policy
• Involve the host communities and districts in the planning processes and overall refugee response mechanisms
• Need to look at market-based approaches in energy consumption, setting up clear regulatory environment and policy frameworks
• Tackle the governance question and pacify the world and utilize the contingency fund to cater for refugee response.