Danish Govt Announces USD 70 Million Support For Refugees In Kenya

The Danish Minister for Development Cooperation and Global Climate Policy, Dan Jannik Jørgensen, announced on Monday that Denmark and other philanthropic organizations have joined hands to support the implementation of the Shirika Plan at a cost of US $70 million over three years.

The plan aims at transforming the refugee camps into integrated settlements that support the socioeconomic inclusion of refugees and host communities in Garissa, Turkana, and urban areas.

Accompanied by Governor Jeremiah Lomurkai, he made the announcement during the launch of the Inclusive Refugee Response Programme in Kakuma, Turkana West Sub-County, where he was the Chief Guest.

In his remarks, Governor Lomorukai said the programme will boost ongoing efforts by the County Government to deliver critical services to both refugees and the host community, in line with the Kenya Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (KISEDP II).

‘The programme aligns with the Refugees Act 2021, which provides a legal foundation for refugees in K
enya to achieve greater self-reliance among refugees. It also empowers local authorities like ours to enhance the delivery of essential services to all community members, fostering a more inclusive society,’ said Governor Lomorukai.

He acknowledged existing gaps in the healthcare system despite investments by the government and appreciated the Danish government’s support for improving primary healthcare.

Governor Lomorukai reiterated that collaboration is instrumental in enhancing access to quality and affordable healthcare in the county.

He pointed out that, ‘the integration of refugee and local communities funding through partnerships with organizations like Amref, which is funded by DANIDA, have already commenced, with inception meetings already concluded. These steps are vital in ensuring that our collaborative efforts are sustained and effective.’

He lauded the National Government and Turkana County Government for their efforts in hosting and promoting policies that support refugee inclusion.

‘We we
lcome the government’s progressive approach and the new Ushirika Plan. This, we believe, is a matter that should be replicated in other refugee-hosting areas,’ he concluded.

UNHCR Country Representative Caroline Van Buren said that public-private partnerships focusing on inclusion are vital for sustainable development. She noted that the programme will facilitate refugee inclusion and leverage their potential for local economic growth.

The County Assembly was represented by House Speaker Christopher Nakuleu as well as MCAs Eliud Emoni (Kakuma) and Julius Apuron (Kalobeyei).

Heads of philanthropic foundations (LEG5O, GRUNDFOS, and MFA) and representatives from the national government were also present.

Source: Kenya News Agency