Social work practice with war-related humanitarian refugees through the Refugee Law Project in Uganda

Authored by: Peninah Kansiime , Sharlotte Tusasiirwe

The Handbook of Social Work and Social Development in Africa

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  October  2016

Print ISBN: 9781472468512
eBook ISBN: 9781315557359
Adobe ISBN: 9781317029380


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Uganda is one of the top 20 refugee-receiving nations in the world, with an influx of people fleeing conflict-ridden neighbouring countries such as South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Once in Uganda, many encounter personal challenges, while livelihood, legal, socioeconomic, and political issues require community-level responses. It falls mainly to local and international nongovernment organisations (INGOs) such as the Refugee Law Project (RLP), discussed in this chapter, to address these challenges. Also highlighted is social work’s empowerment and rights-based approach to working with war-related humanitarian refugees through the RLP. The chapter begins with a discussion of the socioeconomic and political context in which this work is conducted.

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