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Over the last year, countries in the Horn of Africa, home to almost 4 million refugees, and other parts of East Africa have all been pursuing bold efforts.At that summit, which received strong support from the EU and the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR), IGAD heads of state and government expanded on their earlier commitments and laid out a comprehensive plan of action, which recognized the need for action in four key areas:Last month, IGAD foreign ministers convened in Brussels, together with the EU and the UNHCR, to assess progress, identify challenges and set priorities for the coming months. This systematic, comprehensive and forward-looking approach promises to go a long way toward helping not just the refugees themselves, but also their host communities and, when the time is right, their home countries. At the Refugee Solidarity Summit in Kampala, Uganda, the EU pledged 85 million euros to support a progressive refugee policy, which offers refugees opportunities to nurture their skills and integrate into local communities.That leadership must come not only from the affected countries, but also from neighbors, such as the broader Red Sea region, and from the international community.With the world's support, refugees can be empowered to develop their skills not just for their own benefit, but for that of their host countries, too.
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