Aid in action

Innovations generate income for refugees and host communities during COVID-19 crisis

A young man works at a factory

To address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, food ration cuts a decreased level of humanitarian funding, Uganda's RRP partners are using innovations to create alternative livelihood opportunities, inject cash into the micro economy, and mitigate food insecurity and negative coping mechanisms. To increase their income, refugee tailors across Uganda's refugee settlements are producing face masks, which UNHCR is buying to distribute in the settlements. Refugees are also involved in labor-intensive activities in construction and environmental conservation activities, such as road rehabilitation and tree growing. In November 2020, UNHCR launched a commercial farm for refugees and host communities in the Adjumani district in northern Uganda as part of its strategy to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on Ugandans and South Sudanese refugees. This will create hundreds of new jobs for refugees and host communities, create income, increase food security, and promote peaceful coexistence between refugees and host communities.

UNHCR/Frederic Noy