Adoption date 16/12/2015

Regional Development and Protection Programme (RDPP): Support Programme to the Refugee Settlements and Host Communities in Northern Uganda (SPRS-NU)

The overall objective of the action is to reduce the risk of violent conflict between host communities and refugees in the refugee-hosting districts of Northern Uganda, namely Adjumani, Arua, Kiryandongo and Yumbe. This project addresses the developmental needs of South Sudanese refugees and host communities in Northern Uganda. This is done through support to improving their living conditions by enhancing food security, inter community dialogue and conflict prevention, and provision of basic services such as education, water and sanitation. The overarching theory of change assumes that if host communities and refugees benefit from shared livelihoods assets, improved service delivery and conflict management mechanisms, inter-communal relations and development outcomes will improve.

In response to the unprecedented recent influx of South Sudanese refugees to Uganda since July 2016, this project under the Regional Development and Protection Programme (RDPP) was scaled up in December 2016. with a €10 million top up to the already existing SPRS-NU programme of the same amount, allowing the implementing partners to expand geographically to neighbouring affected districts and to better tailor their interventions due to the changing conditions in the affected districts.

In order to address critical needs of refugees and host communities in Uganda, a €3 million top-up to the action was also approved in July 2021 to expand some of the skills development activities to enhance livelihood and labour market-relevant skills for youth, women and girls in refugee and host communities in Northern Uganda. This rider brings the total amount of the action to €23 million.

Main objectives

The specific objectives aim to improve livelihoods, food and nutrition security, to mitigate risks of further escalation of conflicts and to increase access to education:
1. Improve food security, nutrition and livelihoods of the refugee population and host communities in a sustainable manner, through increasing production locally and through intensification of exchanges between refugees and the neighbouring communities.
2. Improve inter-community dialogue at local level and put in place conflict prevention mechanisms to avoid clashes between the host and the refugee communities or within the communities themselves.
3. Improve the level of education and increase, through skills development, medium and long-term economic opportunities for refugees and host communities – especially for youth and women, in order to contribute to a better integration of refugees.

EUTF contribution

  • EUR 23 000 000


  • Uganda (Adjumani, Arua, Yumbe, Kiryandongo)


This action in numbers

4 899
Number of jobs created
31 450
Number of people assisted to develop economic income-generating activities
4 793
Number of people benefiting from professional trainings (TVET) and/or skills development
3 955
Number of people participating in conflict prevention and peace building activities
36 541
Number of people receiving nutrition assistance
29 686
Number of people receiving food-security related assistance
Number (#) of beneficiaries that have enhanced their skills through instant (10-100 hours) courses responding to identified skills gaps for green economy, livelihoods and settlement service delivery
1 489
Number (#) of beneficiaries that participate in training in non-formal and formal BTVET and entrepreneurships training in order to enhance employable skills
Number of training/niches for which new or adapted programmes are developed and formalized based on local livelihoods and labour market needs
Skills development coordination meetings take place in a timely manner in Northern Uganda and Kiryandongo.
Number of social infrastructure built or rehabilitated
Number of MSMEs created or supported
1 730
Number of people reached by information campaigns on resilience-building practices and basic rights
2 076
Number of staff from local authorities and basic service providers benefitting from capacity building for strengthening services delivery
72 789
Number of people having improved access to basic services
Number of Institutions and non-state actors benefitting from capacity building and operational support on security, border management, CVE, conflict prevention, protection of civilian populations and human rights
Number of strategies, policies and plans developed and / or directly supported
1 576
Number of multi-stakeholders groups and learning mechanisms formed and regularly gathering
Number of planning, monitoring, learning, data-collection and analysis tools set up, implemented and / or strengthened
8 851
Number of staff from governmental institutions, internal security forces and relevant non-state actors trained on security, border management, CVE, conflict prevention, protection of civilian populations and human rights

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