Uganda is prone to both natural and human-made hazards. In the last 15 years alone, the country has faced more than 50 disasters that have killed 1,195 people and affected over 4 million. The East African nation has also become host to the largest number of refugees in the world, numbering at around 1.3 million.
In 2016, we established an emergency preparedness and response programme to strengthen our organisational capacity on emergency response to build safer and more resilient communities.
In partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, BRAC International and BRAC Uganda are implementing a model for developing local emergency preparedness and response capacities. To strengthen humanitarian localization through a participatory, community-based, and inclusive approach, our project will work with two schools, two communities and two local governments in the refugee resettlements of Kiryandongo and Arua, directly building the capacity of 40 local government officials, 100 community volunteers, 200 students, 20 teachers and education department officials, and 50 BRAC Uganda staff.
In Kiryandongo refugee settlement, we are also working to boost the self-reliance of 500 adolescents and women — 70% refugees and 30% from the host community — by improving their socioeconomic lives and livelihoods through life skills training, financial literacy training, livelihood support, and mentorship.