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IGAD Member States Commit to Support Refugees

The IGAD countries of Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Uganda and Djibouti signed the Kamapala declaration on jobs, livelihoods, and self-reliance for refugees, returnees and host communities.
IGAD Member states have signed a declaration on jobs and livelihood for refugees, Returness and host communities

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Members of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development-IGAD have pledged to support refugees and host communities.

The IGAD countries of Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Uganda and Djibouti signed the Kampala declaration on jobs, livelihoods, and self-reliance for refugees, returnees and host communities in the IGAD region on Thursday at the Speke Resort Munyonyo.

In the declaration signed by the Ministers of Labour and Ministers Refugees from the six member states, the partners agreed to advance livelihood opportunities and economic inclusion to improve self-reliance of refugees, returnees, and host communities.

They also agreed to seek durable solutions and address associated socio-economic challenges affecting refugees, returnees and host communities.   The meeting also declared that; they will promote the equality of opportunity and treatment for all refugees in accordance to national laws and policies.

They further agreed to expand access to labour markets by simplifying procedures for accessing employment including work permits, self-employment and business opportunities.  

According to Mahboub Maalim, the IGAD Executive Secretary, the meeting resolved to operationalize the Nairobi action plan, which is majorly about the livelihoods and welfare of refugees.

Asked whether the call for jobs with refugees will not cause conflict with the nationals, Maalim said this will be worked out to ensure consideration for refugees.

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 Ruhakana Rugunda, the Prime Minister said Uganda is hosting refugees amidst high levels of poverty. He says that the country is committed towards better polices and approach towards refugees.

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It is hoped that the declaration will be implemented by the different countries to help refugees find jobs, and meet their basic needs even as refugees. 

 Uganda hosts 1.2 million refugees.