The Kigoma Joint Programme is an area-based UN joint programme that cuts across multiple sectors to improve development and human security in Kigoma. The programme involves 16 different UN Agencies and was developed in cooperation with the regional and district authorities based on the development needs of Kigoma and the capacities of the UN in Tanzania.

Kigoma region is one of two regions in Tanzania which has experienced a relative increase in poverty levels between the two household surveys. The Kigoma Joint Programme applies a comprehensive approach to address a wide range of issues facing both the refugees and migrants in the region as well as the surrounding host communities.

By focusing on both host population and refugees and migrants, the programme support forms part of the New Way of Working (NWOW). The humanitarian-development nexus is supported by linking together the UN’s existing response to refugees and migrants with an increased focus on developing the host communities.

Expanding and increasing the support to host communities will help to decrease tensions and misunderstandings between the refugee/migrant population and the host population. Through supporting stability and prosperity in the Kigoma region it will also assist to support stability in the Great Lakes regional context.

The 16 participating UN agencies are cooperating across 6 themes which are sustainable energy and environment; youth and women’s economic empowerment; violence against women and children; education with a focus on girls and adolescent girls; WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) and agriculture with a focus on developing local markets.

The programme was officially launched in September 2017. The launch took place at Nyarugusu common market in partnership with local government authorities, development partners, refugees, the host community and civil society. The joint programme will run for four years and has a total budget of 55M USD out of which about 15 M USD is funded so far.