The integration of host communities with incoming refugees is a subject that has gained great interest in the last decade, owing to an increase in the number of people in protracted displacement situations. Kenya, which is strategically located in the high-conflict horn of Africa region, has been home to refugees for more than two decades. Some of these refugees have been accommodated in Turkana County, and specifically the area of Kakuma and Kalobeyei. Here the Turkana County Government, with support from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been enabling the resettlement of refugees. In June 2015, in alignment with the Kalobeyei Integrated Socio-Economic Development Program to respond to a new approach for refugee hosting, 1500 hectares of land in Kalobeyei, Turkana West Sub-County, were allocated for the establishment of a new integrated refugee and host community settlement called Kalobeyei Settlement, following negotiations between UNHCR, the National Government, the Turkana County Government and the host community of Kalobeyei. This report is a Final Draft presentation of the Kalobeyei Settlement Advisory Development Plan. The plan report is for Turkana County Government’s consultation, approval and adoption. An extensive stakeholder consultation process was undertaken during the formulation of this draft plan to support the development of the settlement, and continues to be used as a key coordination tool by various partners in the region, and a pilot example to strengthen the humanitarian-development nexus and more sustainable approaches in refugee hosting.
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