United Nations Kigoma Joint Programme

Improving human security for host and refugee communities

UNICEF Tanzania

What is the UN Kigoma Joint Programme?

The Kigoma Joint Programme (KJP) cuts across multiple sectors to improve development and human security in Kigoma. The programme involves sixteen UN Agencies and was developed in cooperation with the regional and district authorities based on the needs of the people living in Kigoma and the capacities of the UN in Tanzania.

Kigoma region is one of two regions in Tanzania which has experienced a relative increase in poverty levels between the 2001 and 2012 household surveys. The Kigoma Joint Programme applies a comprehensive approach to address a wide range of issues facing both the refugees and migrants in the region as well as the surrounding host communities.

The humanitarian-development nexus is supported by linking together the UN’s existing response to refugees and migrants with an increased focus on developing the host communities.

Expanding and increasing the support to host communities will help to promote socio-economic development and decrease tensions and misunderstandings between the refugee/migrant population and the host population. Through supporting stability and prosperity in the Kigoma region the KJP will also assist to support stability in the Great Lakes regional context.

The sixteen participating UN agencies are cooperating across to achieve 6 outcomes which are:

  • Improve access to sustainable energy to reduce environmental degradation;
  • Promote youth and women’s economic empowerment;
  • Eliminate violence against women and children;
  • Improve education with a focus on girls and adolescent girls;
  • Improve access to WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) and  
  • Improve agriculture with a focus on developing local markets. 

Duration: July 2017 to July 2021 (4 years)

Location: Kigoma Region in Tanzania mainly in Kibondo, Kakonko, Kasulu and Uvinza Districts 

What is UNICEF's role?

UNICEF has further extended its support into host communities to strengthen national systems focusing on development gaps in refugee hosting communities through the UN Kigoma Joint Programme.

UNICEF leads two outcomes: (1) Violence against women and children, and (2) Water, sanitation and hygiene.

In addition, UNICEF is part of another outcome focusing on empowering adolescent girls through education.