The Djibouti Declaration – A New Global Compact for Those Fleeing Violence, Seeking Safety
In the village of Sebagoro, in Uganda, on the shore of Lake Albert, tens of thousands of refugees have arrived from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They are being moved into settlements provided by the Ugandan government. This ongoing effort follows the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF), which envisions a world in which refugees can come to countries where they are safe and welcomed. The CRRF recognizes that when refugees can support themselves and their families, when they’re given that chance, they can make positive contributions to their communities.
Recently, the countries of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Zambia agreed to apply the CRRF to the current crisis. That agreement, called the Djibouti Declaration, proposes the following:
- supporting refugees’ immediate and ongoing needs (i.e. protection, heath, and education);
- assisting local and national institutions and the communities receiving refugees;
- expanding opportunities for those in need of international protection; and
- increasing opportunities for resettlement and complementary pathways.
ECCN supported USAID in a webcast highlighting the recent Djibouti Declaration on Refugee Education, signed on December 14, 2017. The webcast discusses the implications of the Djibouti Declaration on USAID education investments in the area.
For more information, see the ECCN Djibouti Declaration webpage.