“In Uganda, refugees co-exist with nationals to the extent that an outside would find it difficult to tell the difference. Uganda’s refugee policy is lauded as one of the most generous in the world… The rights granted to refugees provide important opportunities for creative and innovative solutions that transcend the humanitarian-development divide”
- Ugandan Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, at the Supporting Refugees and their Host Communities in the Horn and East Africa side-event, London, May 10th, 2017.

  • 39.01 MPopulation (UNDP)

  • 1.338,887Number of Refugees (UNHCR)

  • 19,7%Poverty Rate (UNDP)

  • 0,493Human Development Index (UNDP)

  • 2,3%Unemployment Rate (World Bank)

  • 5,1%GDP Growth (World Bank)


For over five decades, Uganda has provided asylum to people fleeing war and persecution from many countries, including its neighbours.
Uganda currently hosts over 1.2million refugees. When renewed conflict broke out in South Sudan in July 2016, an unprecedented number of refugees came to Uganda, doubling the refugee population in less than seven months. Uganda has since become the largest refugee-hosting country in Africa. Despite the challenges generated by the new influx from South Sudan, Uganda maintains one of the most progressive approaches to refugee protection. The Government upholds an inclusive approach, granting refugees freedom of movement (out-of-camp policy), the right to seek employment and establish businesses, and access public services such as education, on par with nationals. Owing to this, Uganda is regarded a model for many other refugee-hosting countries.
The CRRF in Uganda addresses four mutually-reinforcing themes: admission and rights; emergency response and ongoing needs; resilience and self-reliance of refugees; and expansion of solutions through resettlement and alternative pathways such as scholarships and work placements abroad. Through the application of CRRF, Uganda seeks to create a more predictable and sustainable approach to refugee management and accelerate the implementation of ReHoPE (Refugee and Host Population Empowerment programme), a national framework for integrated and holistic support to refugees and host populations.

Key Needs

  • The refugee response is chronically underfunded. Without more support from the international community, and investments by new partners, Uganda’s ability to fully realize this exemplary model is at risk. In June 2017, with UNHCR’s support, the Government of Uganda will host a Solidarity Summit on Refugees in Kampala to mobilize international support and new funding to accelerate implementation of the CRRF

Existing Frameworks

The Refugee Act 2006, which is the legal framework that guides the Government's response to refugees. It can be found here: Link
Refugee and Host Population Empowerment is a transformative strategy and approach to bring together a wide range of partners in a harmonized and cohesive manner to overcome fragmented programming. It is a response to specific challenges faced in developing durable solutions for both refugee and host communities.
Settlement Transformation Agenda (STA)
The STA is a holistic, integrated district-level refugee management approach that includes refugees in national development plans, taking into account the protracted nature of displacement and the impact on host communities. Uganda is a beacon of hope for refugees and, if well supported, can become a model for how sustainable and inclusive investments in social services and in human capital among refugees can help break the cycle of conflict and build peaceful communities.
Settlement Transformation Agenda (STA)
UNDAF, the UN Development Assistance Framework 2016-2020

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