BLOG: For a long time, the majority of vulnerable groups in Uganda have received emotional, material and financial support from traditional social protection mechanisms, including family, kinship and the clan system. Specifically, both nuclear and extended families have acted as the first line of social care and support for orphans, widows, persons with disabilities (PWDs), older persons and the chronically ill, the Albinos and those under drug and substance abuse.
Around 80 percent of the Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar remain entirely dependent of humanitarian aid. This new contribution enables WFP to continue its life saving food assistance in the camps through in-kind distribution and electronic vouchers (e-vouchers).
During the conflict with the Islamic State group (IS), six million Iraqi citizens were forced to flee their homes. Since the end of the conflict, more than four million have returned home, while 1.7 million people still live in displacement. These families struggle to access basic services and face often insurmountable roadblocks to either returning home or rebuilding a life elsewhere. Many, whether still in displacement or returned home, are unable to enjoy their rights as Iraqi citizens and fully engage in the recovery and reconstruction of post-conflict Iraq.
The debate on if and how to connect humanitarian assistance for refugees with national social protection systems can elicit polarizing views.