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 & Kalobeyei Settlements alongside institutional capacity building for county governments.
The spatial profile for Kakuma & Kalobeyei produced as part of the first stage of the project is critical establishing a common understanding of the cross-sectoral overview of the existing situation. The profile 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 area.
Kakuma Refugee Camp, in addition to the more newly built Kalobeyei Integrated Settlement, is the largest population agglomeration in Turkana County. The town of Kakuma and its host community have played a critical role in hosting refugees and humanitarian organisations since 1992.
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.