The UK’s Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening, is currently in Kenya.
Following the UK’s ground-breaking approach to protracted refugee crises, the Conservative MP for London’s Putney, Roehampton and Southfields met the Kenyan Government to discuss the possibilities for working more effectively in its own support for several hundred thousand refugees in Kenya.
She also visited the Kakuma Refugee camp in Turkana, accompanied by Governor Nanok, where she heard first-hand about the challenges faced by refugees and host communities alike. Ms Greening also took the opportunity to pay special tribute to the Government and people of Kenya for their long record of providing life-saving protection.
During her time at the Kakuma Camp, she heard from refugees on the challenges they face due to long term displacement. Tweeting about her visit, she described her experience as “hugely valuable”.
The UK currently helps to deliver basic, lifesaving assistance and protection to more than 530,000 refugees in through the Department of International Development (DFID) in Kakuma and Daadab.
Inside a crowded hut at the camp, she also discovered how mobile money changes the humanitarian response.