On Tuesday, the Department for International Development (DFID) Kenya Country Director, Pete Vowles, launched three online digital platforms designed to support economic and social well-being for refugees and host communities in Kenya.
Kuza Biashara, SPARKBay Online Marketing and Spark livelihoods Monitoring and Evaluation platform, will provide refugees and host community members with more convenient access to online product markets in Kenya, Eastern Africa Region and Worldwide.
“The UK is committed to working with Kenyans to find a long-term solution to the challenge of hosting refugees. It is important that refugees are incorporated into national development plans alongside host communities; to allow refugees be self-reliant and contribute to the economic development of host communities.”
– Pete Vowles, DFID Kenya Director
This is one of the innovative approaches developed under the UK-funded Support for the Protection and Assistance of Refugees in Kenya (SPARK) programme.
SPARK works to promote links between the Refugee and Host communities and is delivered by a consortium of NGOs including Norwegian Refugee Council, Film Aid Kenya, Action Africa and Danish Refugee Council.