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Dadaab Spatial Profile

The EUTF Programme entitled ‘Enhancing self-reliance for refugees and host communities in Kenya’ aims to improve the capacity of national and county governments to support the development of all relevant sectors in Garissa and Turkana Counties in refugee management in addition to the roll-out of Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) approaches.

Throughout this programme, UN-Habitat focused on establishing the existing conditions of the refugee hosting areas through spatial profiling, undertaking community-based planning, formulating regeneration strategies for Dadaab and Kakuma Settlements alongside institutional capacity building for county governments.

The spatial profile for Dadaab produced as part of the first stage of the project is critical in setting out a common understanding of the cross-sectoral overview of the existing situation. It also identifies challenges and opportunities, outlines scenarios for the future as well as recommendations for improvement of current settlement conditions to inform a vision (within the humanitarian-development-peace nexus) for a sustainable and inclusive human settlements system in the refugee hosting areas.

The human settlements that make up the Dadaab Complex are the largest agglomeration of population in Garissa County as well as its neighbouring counties. The town of Dadaab and the refugee settlements of Dagahaley, Ifo and Hagadera are situated in Dadaab and Fafi Sub-Counties and have played a critical role in hosting refugees and humanitarian organizations since the early 1990s.

This spatial profile provides a succinct overview of the area and is part of a wider set of project initiatives that examines how the socio-economic development of the area can be enhanced, holistically to benefit both refugees and host communities living in the area. The study will enable officials, UN Agencies, Donors, NGOs, local authorities and other stakeholders to more effectively prioritize investment opportunities where humanitarian actions are ongoing and provide entry points for more sustainable development trajectories.

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