ReDSS on behalf of the European Union Trust Fund (EUTF) consortium in Uganda comprising of DRC, CEFORD, Save the Children and ZOA implementing programmes under the support programme for refugees and host communities in Northern Uganda (SPRS-NU), is very pleased to share with you its study ‘Are integrated services a step towards integration?’
The study examines whether, and in what ways, integrated services contribute to better outcomes for refugees who are in situation of protracted displacement in Northern Uganda. Focusing in particular on host community-refugee relations as instrumental to refugee- hosting conditions, it examines how the policy of integrated services to refugees and their host has been applied and analyses the longer-term implications of this approach. Three main issues are considered:
- What is the current policy in terms of shared services to host and refugee communities in Uganda and how has this been applied in practice?
- From the perspective of refugees and host populations, what are the social and economic implications of shared services? Do they contribute to more positive relationships and greater economic engagement?
- What are the longer-term implications of an integrated service delivery model for refugee hosting in Uganda, including links to the integration of refugees into Uganda?
Qualitative research undertaken in Adjumani and Rhino Camp settlements, and surrounding host community villages and parishes, comprise the primary data upon which this report is based. Education and livelihood are explored as two examples of shared services.
Operational learning workshops with practitioners and policy- makers will take place in late March and April in Adjumani and Kampala to discuss how to adapt programming and policies based on findings and recommendations. Feedback sessions with displacement-affected communities in Adjumani will also take place at the end of March.