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UN Resident Coordinator visits West Nile Sub-region

The UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Rosa Malango was last week in West Nile Sub-region for a 3-day visit to appreciate first-hand and get a better of understanding the local humanitarian and development context, to engage local leaders, humanitarian and development actors, strengthen local collaboration, and assess conditions in anticipation of the upcoming Uganda Solidarity Summit on refugees and host communities.

Ms. Malango while on the mission drove through new villages where Ugandans and refugees co-exist with a shared ambition of providing a better life for their children. She met and interacted with Ugandans in host communities, refugees, local government authorities,security personnel and experts. She met women and girls eager to complete their education, scale up their businesses, learn how to read and write. She met with the youth eager to learn new skills and work to help Uganda achieve its development objectives and improve the quality of life of their families. She met women and girls, victims of gender based
violence, who are recovering from the trauma, looking for new ways to generate income and anxious to be safe.

Ms. Malango and team visited a cross section of projects in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement including a Primary School in Zone1 where she shared SDG branded backpacks, WASH Motorized Water System project, Pwajiji Supplementary feeding and Maternal Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) programme, GBV prevention and Response/Protection Info Desks and a women’s safe space project, the CBTT UNWOMEN Economic Group and the Adolescent Girls programme.

Addressing the National Celebrations of International Women’s Day in Dokolo District, 8th March 2017, Ms. Malango recognized the incredible effort that is being made to address the lifesaving needs of those seeking protection in Uganda as refugees and to address the poverty conditions of communities hosting refugees.

She further called on Ugandans and partners to invest in innovations as a way of creating jobs, support small scale entrepreneurs and empower the youth to become contributors to Uganda’s development.

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