About The United Nations Kigoma Joint Programme
The UN Kigoma Joint Programme (UN KJP) phase I and II is an area-based cross-sectoral programme intended to improve human security in the region of Kigoma, Tanzania, which receives refugees from the neigbouring Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. UN KJP supports the humanitarian-development nexus by linking together the existing UN response to refugees and migrants with an expanded development support to the host communities. Initially, the project focused mainly on the 3 districts of Kasulu, Kibondo and Kakonko surrounding the three existing refugee camps. However, over time, other districts, Uvinza DC, Buhigwe DC, and Kigoma MC, were covered as they are, in way or another, hosting refugees. The UN KJP phase I ended in 2022.
UN KJP phase I was implemented under the framework of Phase II of the United Nations Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP II) 2016-2021. It consisted of 16 UN agencies cooperating in 6 outcome areas of sustainable energy and environment, youth and women’s economic empowerment (YWEE), ending violence against women and children (VAWC), education with a focus on girls and adolescent girls, water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and agriculture with a focus on developing local markets. UN-Habitat worked under the WASH programme together with UNICEF – United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (theme lead) and World Health Organization (WHO). The WASH theme was funded by Norway.
The WASH theme aimed at: (i) Enhancing the capacity of local government agencies to sustainably and equitably plan and scale up delivery of WASH; (ii) Increasing access to improved sanitation and promotion of hygiene practices; and (iii) Increasing access to safe drinking water among vulnerable communities, schools and health care facilities.
UN Habitat work under UN KJP I
Rehabilitation and construction of water supply systems
Support Community Based Water Supply Organizations and water utilities
COVID 19 Response
Following the outbreak of the COVID 19 Pandemic in 2019, UN Habitat reprogrammed some of the WASH resources to respond to the crisis. It facilitated
Cross cutting issues-urban catchment management and protection
Launched in November 2022 in partnership with local government authorities, development partners, the host community and civil society, the UN KJP phase II cuts across multiple sectors to improve development and human security in Kigoma region. The programme involves 17 different UN Agencies and is being implemented in cooperation with the regional and district authorities based on the development needs of the region
and the capacities of the UN in Tanzania. The KJP II applies a comprehensive approach to address a wide range of issues facing both refugees and migrants in the region as well as the surrounding host communities. By focusing on both the host population, refugees and migrants, the programme supports and forms part of the New Way of Working (NWOW). The humanitarian-development nexus is supported by linking together the UN’s existing response to refugees and migrants with an increased focus on developing the host communities.
The program builds on results achieved in the first phase of implementation which took place from 2017 to 2022 and draws from the lessons learned to outline the proposed interventions under the overall framework of the four priority areas of the 2022-2027 United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF). These priorities namely:
3. Planet, and
4. Enabling Environment
The above priorities match with the main concerns/challenges identified by the Kigoma Regional administration and other stakeholders including organization of people with disabilities in Kigoma.
Expanding and increasing the support to host communities also contributes to enhancement of co-existence between the refugee/migrant population and the host population. Through supporting stability and prosperity in Kigoma the programme contributes to the stability of the Great Lakes region.
The 17 participating UN agencies are cooperating across four Outcome areas which are People, Prosperity, Planet and Enabling Environment. These Outcome areas have a combined total of nine themes namely, Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC), Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Education, Health, Agriculture and Economic Empowerment, Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Smart Adaptation and Natural Resources Management, Energy and Governance.