Denmark and Kenya collaborate to overhaul conventional refugee camp design 

Many UN-operated and ostensibly temporary aid camps have snowballed into permanent communities – without any significant organisational handover to local authorities. A new Danish-Kenyan collaboration seeks to support local communities in taking back the reins.

A panorama of the Kalobeyei settlement, located just outside of Kakuma Refugee Camp, in Kenya ; The average refugee at Kakuma spends seventeen years living at the camp. Kalobeyei represents a settlement approach, as opposed to a refugee camp approach, to enable refugees to become more self-reliant in the long term. This not only reduces the burden on donors, but also gives refugees a greater sense of self-worth. Photo: UNHCR

Refugee camps have historically been designed and run as temporary solutions for acute crises – despite the fact that the humanitarian issues they purport to alleviate can go on for years or even decades. This is especially exemplified by certain camps in Kenya, where there is a protracted refugee crisis. Many UN-operated and ostensibly temporary […]


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