UN Softly Launches Kigoma Joint Programme

Kigoma Regional Comissioner Brigadier General Emmanuel Maganga highlights the government's support to the Kigoma Joint Programme. Photo| Julius Hemingway/UNCG

 

Today, the United Nations in Tanzania met with Kigoma’s Regional Commissioner, members of the Development Partners Group, Civil Society Organizations and the media in Kigoma in order to brief them on the Kigoma Joint Programme ensuring that the UN is set to effectively work with the government in implementing the issues that the joint programme aims to address. The Kigoma Joint Programme, which is set to officially launched on at the Nyarugusu Common Market on Wednedsay, focuses on both the host population and refugees and migrants. It is currently funded by the government of Norway, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and existing funds from UN agencies.

 

UNICEF Representative Ms. Maniza Zaman introduces herself at the launch of the Kigoma Joint Programme. UNICEF is the lead for theme 5 of the #KJP: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). Photo| Julius Hemingway/UNCG

 

The Kigoma Joint Programme is an area-based UN joint programme that puts together the efforts of 16 different UN agencies in Tanzania to improve development and human security in Kigoma. The 16 UN agencies will work together across six themes which are sustainable energy and environment, youth and women’s economic empowerment, violence against women and children, education, agriculture and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene).

 

The UN Joint Program for Kigoma will be implemented for four years between 2017 and 2021. Commenting on the Program, Kigoma’s Regional Commissioner, Brig Gen Emmanuel Maganga said "Inception of this program has been at the right time because it is focusing at addressing the critical challenges that are facing community of Kigoma. The 6 areas of intervention that the program is focusing especially Sustainable Energy and Environment, Youth and Women Economic empowerment, Water Sanitation and Hygiene, Agriculture, addressing violence against women and children and education on girls and adolescent girls are the important economic aspect requiring special consideration for sustainable socio-economic growth of our people."

 

Ambassador of Belgium, H.E. Paul Carter, pointing out that development partners can complement the effort of the Kigoma Joint Programme. Photo| Julius Hemingway/UNCG

 

Execution of UN Joint Program for Kigoma will accelerate the Regional Initiative towards poverty reduction. Speaking at the briefing, UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez highlighted the need for strong partnerships in order to successfully implement the programme. “In order to have a sustainable and constructive dialogue between host communities and the refugees and migrants in the region we need to work together. The UN is here to support the government to ensure that humanitarian interventions do not prevent development,” he said.

 

UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez, makes his opening remarks at the Soft Launch of the Kigoma Joint Programme highlighting the programme's focus on host communities in Kigoma. Photo| Julius Hemingway/UNCG

 

Commenting on the Program, The Deputy Head of Mission at the Norwegian Embassy, Trygve Bendiksby, stated that “the Government of Norway is financing this program through supporting the UN delivering as One, because it is important to support the people of Kigoma and the refugees

 

 

Head of Cooperation at the Norwegian Embassy, Trygve Bendiksby speaking at the pre-launch of the Kigoma Joint programme. Photo| Julius Hemingway/UNCG
 
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