Rwanda 2018

Humanitarian Compendium

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Introduction and Needs

The Burundian refugee situation (which started in April 2015 when tensions linked to the elections prompted Burundians to flee the country) is transitioning from an emergency setting to a more regulated setting. However, Burundian refugees continue coming to Rwanda. Currently, Rwanda hosts 86,786 registered Burundian refugees. It is expected that the number of Burundian refugees would reach about 90,000 by the end of 2017. The influx for 2018 is estimated at 25,000 new arrivals to be registered in one of the three reception centers. As for the  situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), political/electoral, economic, and conflict/security dynamics are forcing Congolese refugees to flee the country. As of November 2017, Rwanda hosts 76,600 refugees from DRC. On top of this, the ending of the Cessation Clause on 31 December 2017 might become an additional trigger for Rwandan refugees in the DRC to return to Rwanda. In its contingency plan, Rwanda is planning for the arrival of 80,000 Congolese refugees and 80,000 Rwandan returnees based on the worst-case scenario.

In 2018, IOM plans to provide health support the Burundian refugees by providing Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) items and support training of health staff that are responsible for medical screening at the reception centers. The increased knowledge of the medical staff at the reception centers will improve early detection of diseases of public health importance. Furthermore, IOM plans to provide assistance to Rwandan returnees and Congolese refugees arriving in reception centers. IOM will focus on transport and health, including access to basic health care and triage. This will help reduce morbidity and mortality as a result of displacement. Rwandan returnees will also be assisted in livelihood assistance, including skills training, contributing to increased self-reliance and economic integration of the returnees in support of durable solutions. Finally, IOM will continue to strengthen the capacity of Rwanda to respond to all forms of human trafficking and conduct awareness raising activities in Congolese refugee camps aiming to reduce the numbers of Victims of Trafficking (VoT).

IOM Rwanda is an active member of UN Country Team and is part of UNDAP Results Group or DRG 1 (Economic transformation), DRG 3 (Health and Social Protection) and DRG 4 (Humanitarian Response), and a lead UN agency for sustainable reintegration programme. For the disaster response, the key counterpart is the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR) at the national level and Local Government at district level. IOM is also a lead UN agency for Counter Trafficking in Rwanda. The Ministry of Justice (MINIJUST) is the key counterpart at the Government level, while IOM partners with UNICEF and UNWOMEN for the implementation of Counter Trafficking activities. 

Overall Targeted Beneficiaries: 10,000 victims of trafficking, up to 160,000 returnees, 60,000 Burundian refugees, and 14,388 returnees/host communities
Contact Information: Contact   Contact the Donor Relations Division Tel: +41.22.717.9111  
Burundi Regional Refugee Response Plan 2017
Requested 230,000 | Received: 0 | Percentage funded: 0%


  • Amount Requested: USD 30,000.00 Amount Received: USD 0.00


  • Amount Requested: USD 200,000.00 Amount Received: USD 0.00
Rwanda Contingency Plan
Requested 1,585,148 | Received: 0 | Percentage funded: 0%


  • Amount Requested: USD 300,000.00 Amount Received: USD 0.00


  • Amount Requested: USD 1,285,148.00 Amount Received: USD 0.00
Rwanda Migration Crisis Operational Framework
Requested 3,260,000 | Received: 0 | Percentage funded: 0%

  Counter-trafficking and Protection of Vulnerable Migrants

  • Amount Requested: USD 300,000.00 Amount Received: USD 0.00

  Reintegration Assistance

  • Amount Requested: USD 2,960,000.00 Amount Received: USD 0.00