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Uganda: UNHCR Uganda: Community-Based Protection Thematic Report (October 2018)

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Uganda
Key Figures
- 119,724: Identified Persons with specific needs
- 34,354: Number of members of community structures (estimated) Achievements in 2018
- 209,059: Number of PoC with psychosocial needs receiving psychological support
- 6,300: Number of people trained on community leadership and decision making Community Community Mobilization
- The first meeting of the Refugee Advisory Forum (RAF) was held on 16-17 October, bringing together over 70 refugee leaders and youth representatives from all settlements and Kampala. This was the first time that refugee representatives came together at the national level. The group decided on the key messages to present at the CRRF Steering Group meeting on 18 October, and elected two representatives (1 female, 1 male) who would represent refugees’ voices at the meeting. The group will hold a second meeting with this configuration in early 2019 with the goal to agree to the criteria for selecting 16-30 RAF members and ensure responsibilities for engagement of the wider refugee population that they will represent.
- OPM and UNHCR Arua conducted meetings with partners to review and validate the Refugee Election guidelines, in preparation for the Refugee Welfare Council (RWC) elections in Rhino Camp in November. Jointly developed by OPM and UNHCR Arua, the guidelines aim to systemize the structure for the refugee leadership election process in settlements in Arua, and ensure a fair and transparent process as well as representation of women and minority groups.
- UNHCR Arua conducted Women’s Participation and Leadership trainings in the settlements, aimed at addressing cultural norms and practices that limit women’s participation in decision making. Training was provided to refugee women on basic gender concepts as well as leadership skills.
- Capacity-building of 11 chairpersons of the Women’s Centres in Bidibidi was conducted, focusing on skills such as leadership, lobbying and conflict management, to equipping them to manage the activities of the centre.
- Participatory assessment exercises were conducted in the settlements in the South-West, Arua, and Kampala, engaging women, men, boys and girls as well as key informants to identify protection risks, needs and priorities, their capabilities, and solutions. The findings will be shared once available and will inform planning and implementation in 2019.

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