UN launches $55 million programme for host communities in Kigoma

Head of Cooperation and Deputy Head of Mission, Trygve Bendiksby (Centre) and Belgium Ambassador, H.E. Paul Cartier take a picture with some of the performers at the launch of the KJP. (Photo| Julius Hemingway/UNRCO)

 

The United Nations in Tanzania has officially launched the Kigoma Joint Programme in partnership with the government of the United Republic of Tanzania, members of the Development Partners Group, Civil Society Organizations, refugees and migrants host populations in Kigoma. The area-based programme was launched at the Nyarugusu Common Market where thousands of refugees and Kigoma residents regularly interact. With Kigoma region currently hosting over 300,000 Burundian and Congolese refugees, the Kigoma Joint Programme will see UN agencies commit TSH 123.2 billion to the development and human security of the host population in Kigoma.

The moment that the Kigoma Joint Programme was officially launched. (Photo| Julius Hemingway/UNRCO)

Currently operating through support provided by the Norwegian Embassy, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and existing funds from UN agencies, the Kigoma Joint Programme focuses on both the host population and refugees and migrants. The programme will consist of 16 UN agencies working 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).

Head of Cooperation and Deputy Head of mission at the Norwegian Embassy, Trygve Bendiskby (left), Kigoma Regional Administrative Secretary, (middle) (put name) and UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez (right) lay the foundation stone of a youth vocational training centre that will form part of the KJP

Over 300,000 refugees reside in three camps in the districts of Kasulu, Kakonko, Kibondo which is why these are the three districts where the programme will operate. Speaking during the launch, UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez noted that “Today is a huge milestone for the government of the United Republic of Tanzania, Kigoma Residents, refugees and migrants. The launch of this programme will accelerate the development of host communities and will promote sustained and constructive dialogue between Kigoma residents and refugees and migrants. In partnership with Norway and KOICA, the UN is here to support the government to ensure that humanitarian interventions do not prevent development.”

A group of performers provide entertainment as the launch begins.

 

Highlighting the importance of the programme, 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.”

Regional Administrative Secretary Mr. Charles A. Pallangyo (left) and UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez (right) at the launch of the KJP. (Photo| Julius Hemingway/UNRCO)

 

Regional Administrative Secretary, Mr. Charles A. Pallangyo (left) and Belgium Ambassador, H.E. Paul Cartier