Ger­many Gives £6m to Kakuma

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Ger­many will pro­vide ad­di­tional fund­ing of about Euro 6 mil­lion for Kakuma refugee camp and host com­mu­ni­ties. Ac­cord­ing to the United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees, Kakuma cur­rently pro­vides shel­ter to more than 174.000 refugees. More peo­ple are ex­pected to ar­rive in the camp, due to the rainy sea­son and the on­go­ing con­flict in South Su­dan.

Al­ready to­day, Kakuma refugee camp hosts far more refugees than its ca­pac­ity of 125.000 peo­ple. There­fore, “the ad­di­tional fund­ing from the Ger­man Gov- ern­ment in­tends to re­lieve the in­creas­ing pres­sure from the camp”, said Lars Wilke, Head of Co­op­er­a­tion, dur­ing his visit to Kakuma on 28 Oc­to­ber. “The ad­di­tional fund­ing is part of a spe­cial ini­tia­tive of the Min­istry for Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment in Ger­many to ad­dress the tremen­dous in­crease of refugees world­wide.”

The pro­gram will be im­ple­mented by GIZ un­til 2017 and will fo­cus on im­prov­ing the liveli­hoods and ac­cess to ba­sic ser­vices of both, the refugees and host com­mu­ni­ties. Fur­ther­more, lo­cal con­flict preven­tion and res­o­lu­tion will be ad­dressed as part of the pro­gram. GIZ will co­or­di­nate its ac­tiv­i­ties with UNHCR and the World Food Pro­gramme. The im­ple­men­ta­tion of the project will start in Jan­uary 2015.

The cur­rent pro­gram comes as an ad­di­tion to the ex­ist­ing projects im­ple­mented by AM­REF and Jo­han­niter In­ter­na­tional. The Ger­man Fed­eral For­eign Of­fice di­rectly sup­ports the work of the United Na­tions High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Kenya and con­trib­uted more than 7 mil­lion USD to UNHCR’s ac­tiv­i­ties in the refugee camps of Dadaab and Kakuma in 2013 and 2014

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