In Kalobeyei, UNHCR is not placing refugees in camps, isolated from the host population and receiving separate aid provisions. Instead, it is setting up permanent homes, providing livelihood training and business support services aimed at benefiting refugees and the host community alike. Breaking down those barriers is challenging against a backdrop of government concerns that have often painted refugee communities as threats to national security.
It was a modest intervention — a drop in the ocean of global climate finance — yet it has made the difference between profit and loss for a group of businesswomen in southeast Kenya’s Makueni County.
Tanzania’s remaining chimpanzee populations are also in trouble. The country has about 2,500 of the great apes, most of them the eastern chimpanzee subspecies (P.t. schweinfurthii). Of these, more than 1,000 chimpanzees are found outside formally protected areas and face imminent dangers due to the conversion of suitable habitats to farmland and human settlements.