Fostering community cooperation in Zambia

Region: Africa
Country: Zambia
Year: 2018
Shelter: RHU
Project size: 501-1000
Modality: Community centres, Temporary shelter, Offices
Sector: Shelter, Protection
Partner: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Support: Capacity Building

By February 2019, Zambia hosted over 78,000 refugees, with most arriving from the DRC after being forced to flee their homes due to the persistent violence and armed conflicts.

The Mantapala refugee settlement is home to about 14,000 refugees from DRC, a place that is shared with the local community.  In 2018, about 100 Congolese refugees arrived every day to the settlement, after having been resettled from transit camps closer to the border.

As part of its operations in the country, UNHCR implemented over 500 Better Shelter Relief Housing Units (RHU) in the Mantapala settlement. The units are used as reception centres and other communal infrastructures such as security points and offices. Other units will be used as temporary shelters for the refugees hosted in Mantapala.

Read more about the situation in Zambia here.