According to UNHCR, Uganda currently hosts over  898,000 refugees and asylum seekers from neighbouring countries.? Renewed insecurity in some of these countries, such as South Sudan, DRC and Burundi, brought an increase in arrival rates as of the end of 2015, putting Ugandan services under strain.?

INFORM measures Uganda's risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster to be high, at 5.9/10. Lack of coping capacity is of concern, at 6.9/10. ?

Latest Developments

23/03: UNHCR warned that underfunding has reached a critical point, with camps rapidly becoming overcrowded, and severe difficulties providing food rations, health, education and clean water.? 

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Key figures

  • 1,064,043 Refugees in Uganda  [?]
  • 810,718 South Sudanese refugees  [?]
  • 1,600,000 In need of food assistance  [?]

Key priorities

Nutrition: SAM and GAM rates among refugees and in Karamoja are of particular concern.???

Food security: A large proportion of refugees in Uganda depend on food assistance.?

WASH: As the number of refugees is constantly increasing, gaps in the provision of WASH services have been reported. Access to safe drinking water is reported limited in Karamoja, Uganda's poorest region.??

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Information Gaps and needs

  • Information on SGBV, especially in refugee settlements is lacking.
  • Updated numbers for HIV incidence in children and adolescents is lacking.
Key documents

Freedom House


Freedom in the World 2015 - Uganda

Freedom House


Freedom in the World 2016 - Uganda

Human Rights Watch


Uganda - HRW Country Report 2014