The Kakuma Socioeconomic Survey 2019 is jointly produced by UNHCR and the World Bank with support from the Kenya Bureau of Statistics. Focused on the residents of the Kakuma refugee camp and host community members in Turkana County, the survey aims to help fill socioeconomic data gaps and has produced insights that contribute to detecting the vulnerabilities of both communities.
The survey is thus a comprehensive tool for policymaking and programmatic response.
Early results of rapid response phone surveys on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic’s impact are also presented. Read the survey results, analysis, and comparative socioeconomic profiles in the report, summary, and infographic.
Some main policy insights include:
- The survey has generated numerous practical implications for policymaking and response. A few key ones are highlighted here:
- Food insecurity can be addressed by shifting from in-kind to cash assistance. A host community’s food needs must be addressed through national programs, avoiding refugee-exclusive assistance.
- Support strengthening of refugees’ job-related skills and match them to market and community needs. Engaging the private sector can enhance access to the labor market for both communities.
- Support transition to secondary school by (i) removing barriers and developing flexible programs that accommodate livelihoods and seminomadic lifestyles, (ii) creating more classrooms, (iii) providing information on schools and requirements to join, (iv) reducing fees and providing scholarships, (v) combating early marriage, (vi) second chance education programs for women and providing childcare, and (vii) assistance conditional on school enrolment.
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