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IGAD Ministers Meet to Empower Refugees, Returnees and Host Communities

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development and the Government of Uganda is set to hold a Regional Thematic Meeting on Livelihoods and Self-reliance for Refugees, Returnees and Host Communities.

The three days event from 25-28 March, 2019 organized at the Commonwealth Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala is expected to start with an engagement of Experts to pave the way for a ministerial level assembly on Thursday.

The regional thematic meeting according to a statement from IGAD Secretariat is bringing together Member States, development and humanitarian partners, as well as the private sector and the civil society groups from the humanitarian and development spheres to support these commitments.

Participants are drawn from IGAD Member States’ line ministries, including lead agencies that handle refugee matters; ministries of finance (treasury); ministries of planning and those responsible for local government (devolution, federalism or decentralization), as well as ministries of agriculture, livestock development and those responsible for labour.

Representatives of refugee and host communities, international finance institutions, partners engaged in securing durable solutions and the IGAD core group of partners to the Nairobi Plan of Action will are also expected to participate together with the private sector, civil society and the Diaspora who are champions for refugees.

The meeting will look at a range of issues connected to the access of refugees and host communities to livelihood and economic opportunities including challenges accessing supporting services and functions (e.g. financial, information, training, infrastructure, business development services, etc.); as well as barriers in the regulatory and policy environment preventing refugees and host communities to fully take advantage of available opportunities.

The meeting aims at identifying existing opportunities and the associated constraints towards sustainable livelihoods and job creation for refugees, returnees and host communities in the Horn of Africa and learn from Uganda’s refugee management model.

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