This coming week, the world will commemorate “World Refugee Day”, regardless of the pandemic season. Since the declaration of a global health emergency, stipulated by the World Health Organisation (WHO), there has been an unprecedented soci...
This coming week, the world will commemorate “World Refugee Day”, regardless of the pandemic season. Since the declaration of a global health emergency, stipulated by the World Health Organisation (WHO), there has been an unprecedented socio-economic impact on the global community.
It is, however, no secret that the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic has become worse on the most vulnerable, such as the youths, women, migrants, those engaged in the informal economy, and of course the refugees.
Kenya as a developing country holds the highest amount of refugees in Africa. A huge number of these refugees have been far away from home for a prolonged period, that is, on an average of five years, according to the World Bank.
In order to survive and make a living for themselves, some of these refugees depend on international communities and agencies such as the UNHCR (UN refugee agency).
The majority of these refugees leave home with different skills, knowledge, and experience, but it is unfortunate that a lot of them are unable to apply such skills in host countries. Making it impossible for them to properly contribute to their host countries.
It is for this reason that the World Bank together with its partners, that is, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), UNHCR, The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and International Labour Organisation (ILO) alongside financial aid from the Kingdom of Netherlands, join forces to provide support to Kenya in the direction of the realization of Comprehensive Refugee Responses Framework
Kenya’s age-old hospitality towards the vulnerable will ensure shared priorities created for both refugees and communities that host them. This is why the Theme for this year is, “World Refugee Day”, everyone and anyone can make a difference, and everyone counts.