BRAC Uganda and the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at delivering a model of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response Capabilities.
The signing took place at the URCS headquarters in Rubaga, Kampala and was signed by BRAC Uganda Country Representative Ms. Hasina Akhter and URCS Secretary General, Mr. Robert Kwesiga.
“Whilst Emergency Response is crucial, continued support is what is necessary when you think long term. Not only for the refugee population, but the host communities who lack many of the same necessities” said Ms. Akhter.
Her sentiments were echoed by Mr. Kwesiga who said “We shall build mechanisms to regularly compare notes, and continuously explore long-term solutions together.” This commitment will help build safe communities, and create a society where sustainable development is possible.
The MoU established a collaboration between the URCS and BRAC to build capacity of both refugees and host communities, person with disabilities, women, children, and youth of Uganda in the areas Arua and Kiryandongo. The programme will target Local Government, Partners and Members of CSO’s including the Private Sector, Community Volunteers, and Refugee Leaders.
BRAC’s Emergency Response Coordinator, Mr. Martin Okwir stated that partnership is a tool that ensures sustainability and continuity of all programmes.