DRC has been operating in Kenya since 2005, where we assist refugees and displacement-affected communities by implementing protection and livelihoods activities that increase their self-reliance and expand opportunities for a dignified life. DRC works in Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps, as well as in Nairobi and Mombasa to assist urban-based refugees.
In Kenya, DRC partners with UN, NGOs, and government partners to advance a solutions agenda for displaced populations. DRC strongly believes that the durable solutions agenda is in the interest of all; refugees who have capacities and opportunities to realize their social and economic potential reduce the burden on the hosting communities, and are in a better position to return home when circumstances allow.
DRC is UNHCR’s lead partner in livelihood projects in Dadaab, where we undertake a wide range of livelihood support interventions for refugees as well as for the host population, including academic and vocational scholarship programmes for youth, saving and loan groups, value-chain development, small enterprise development.
DRC leads the prevention and response to Gender-Based Violence in Ifo-1 camp with activities ranging from community-based prevention and awareness-raising to direct response services (case management and counselling) to survivors.
In Dagahaley, DRC is implementing a fresh-food voucher scheme for World Food Programme (WFP), and lastly, DRC supports the voluntary repatriation of refugees back to Somalia by issuing unconditional cash grants and is part of the VolRep Taskforce in Dadaab.
Nairobi and Mombasa – Urban refugee programme
Nairobi hosts approximately 52,000 registered refugees, while Mombasa hosts approximately 50,000 refugees from Somalia, Ethiopia, Congo, Rwanda, Eritrea and South Sudan. DRC assists the urban refugees in accessing protection from violence and other forms of rights violations, including gender-based violence. In addition, DRC seeks to empower refugees and promote self-reliance through practical livelihood interventions, professional and vocational skills training. DRC is also involved in conducting advocacy activities including the lobbying for the development of a new refugee legal framework and national policy on refugee management.
The major crisis in South Sudan that started in December 2013 brought a large number of refugees to Kenya. A very large proportion of them are youth, and there is a high number of separated and unaccompanied children. DRC’s programme supports refugee youth and adolescents in Kakuma Refugee Camp with protection activities, livelihood development and vocational skills.