A Model Host? Assessing Uganda's Refugee Policies

Anne Sofie Cornelius Nielsen & Ilse Maria Renkens

Studenteropgave: Masterafhandling


Having an open door policy and allowing refugees to move freely, Uganda is praised the world over for being a model host to refugees. The aim of this study is to discuss whether Uganda is the model host that it is seen to be. For this reason, we set out to explore the gap between the formulation of Uganda’s refugee policies - specifically the CRRF, ReHoPE, and the STA - and their implementation. Using policy analysis, we identify four dominant problematizations within the policy formulations: insufficient funding, lack of coordination and cooperation, the relative absence of peaceful coexistence and self-reliance, and limited support to host populations. We base our subsequent analysis of these problematizations on literature review and empirical material produced while conducting a total of 36 interviews over a two-week period in Uganda. We interviewed South-Sudanese refugees, host populations, Office of the Prime Minister staff, and organizations working in the refugee settlements we visited: Pagirinya, Mungula I & II, and Boroli in the Adjumani district in Northern Uganda. In our analysis, we make a preliminary assessment of how Uganda’s refugee policies are being implemented and the lessons that can be learned thus far. We identify several gaps between the formulation and implementation of the policies. Based on these gaps, we suggest that policy makers and organizations working to implement Uganda’s refugee policies consider our recommendations regarding these policies.

UddannelserGlobal Studies, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) KandidatInternationale Udviklingsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato1 jun. 2018
Antal sider121
VejledereLars Buur & Jacob Rasmussen


  • Refugee Crisis
  • Uganda
  • Policy Implementation
  • Policy Analysis
  • Humanitarian Development
  • Host Population
  • Humanitarian-Development Nexus
  • Migration
  • Development