Knowledge Note

"Women and children comprise 82 percent of Uganda’s overall refugee population, about 56 percent of refugees are below the age of 15, and 25 percent are younger than five years of age"

Uganda currently hosts the third-largest refugee population in the world and the largest in Africa. In May 2020, the country was hosting about 1.4 million refugees and asylum seekers, mostly in the West Nile, Northern, and Western parts of the country. The majority of these refugees are from South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Women and children comprise 82 percent of Uganda’s overall refugee population, about 56 percent of refugees are below the age of 15, and 25 percent are younger than five years of age (World Bank 2019). 
 
Gender-based violence (GBV) and violence against children (VAC) are key protection concerns for refugees and host communities alike, with women and girls disproportionately affected. 

The Development Response to Displacement Impacts Project (DRDIP) is a World Bank-funded project that seeks to address the impacts of forced displacement in communities hosting refugees in 11 districts in Uganda.  DRDIP conducted a rapid assessment in 11 of the 12 refugee-hosting districts to: (1) identify key risk factors for GBV and VAC and to examine the intersections between them, with an emphasis on host communities; (2) map existing GBV and VAC prevention and response services in both refugee and host communities, including the effectiveness of existing referral pathways; and (3) provide recommendations to align and link the GBV and VAC prevention and response services provided in refugee settlements and host communities. 
 
This Executive Summary is part of the report titled - Gender-Based Violence and Violence Against Children: Prevention and Response Services in Uganda’s Refugee-Hosting Districts. To read the full report, click HERE