Dadaab Regeneration Strategy: Enhancing Self-Reliance for Refugees and Hosting Communities in Garissa County, Kenya
UN-Habitat, in collaboration with the Garissa County Government, Kenya’s Department of Refugee Services (DRS), United Nations partners, host and refugee communities, and other stakeholders, has prepared an urban regeneration strategy for Dadaab Refugee Complex and Dadaab Town in Garissa County, Kenya. This strategy is an output of the European Union funded programme, “Enhancing Self Reliance for Refugees and Hosting Communities in Kenya."
The programme has aimed to improve the capacity of the national and county governments to improve refugee management and urban planning in Garissa County alongside implementation of Kenya’s Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) and 2021 Refugees Act. This report is preceded by the publication of the “Dadaab Spatial Profile,” “Report on Socio-Economic Conditions, Businesses, and Local Economic Development in Dadaab” and “Dadaab Future Vision,” which together establish a common understanding of the existing challenges and opportunities, explore possible future scenarios, and present a shared vision for what the locality could become. The final result is this detailed urban regeneration strategy, which proposes interventions and actions for realising the core components of the established future vision, including integration, economic growth, sustainability, and self-reliance.
Urban regeneration offers a path to overcoming economic, environmental, and socio-cultural challenges through physical revitalisation and improved governance. In this context, the recommendations respond to the unique challenges of protracted displacement by promoting a transition away from traditional models of hosting refugees in camps and providing parallel protection and assistance services. The proposed strategies seek to leverage growing interdependence between these communities to promote economic viability, attract external investment, restore degraded environments, and improve living conditions for all residents of the newly established Dadaab and Bura Municipalities, inclusive of refugees and host communities alike.