Support Programme for Refugee Settlements in the Northern Uganda (SPRS-UN,) with support from the EU Emergency Trust Fund, is in its final stages of implementation. The implementing organizations; including Austrian Development Agency, Belgian Technical Cooperation, and NGO Consortium (led by Danish Refugee Council, includes ZOA, CEFORD, Save the Children,) believe they would have reached and changed lives of 300,000 direct beneficiaries by the end of a-four-year period.
Members of the SPRS-UN are working towards improving food and nutrition security, livelihoods, supporting coexistence, increasing productivity. Also, improving inter-community dialogue at local level and putting in place conflict prevention mechanisms; and lastly, improving the level of education, skills development, and developing medium and long-term economic opportunities for refugees and host communities – especially for youth and women.
Implementation of SPRS-UN started in the second half of 2016, the period during which Uganda received huge arrivals of refugees from South Sudan displaced by the country’s on-going war. Last month, NGOs in the consortium met in Uganda’s Arua town to evaluate their progress. Our reporter, John Dibaba, has more.