To allow for a proper understanding of the extent of the impact of COVID-19 on refugees in Uganda, the need was identified to carry out a Rapid Gender Assessment (RGA) to assess the impact of the pandemic on women, men, girls, and boys of diverse backgrounds, including persons with disabilities, older persons and those with serious medical conditions. This assessment was conducted both in Kampala and across refugee settlements.
A mixed methods approach was used to address the central objectives of the study, including a review of secondary sources, a household survey and a key informant's interview. The household survey targeted 1535 individuals, including vulnerable groups such as child heads of household, persons living with disabilities, and persons with serious medical conditions. The final locations included within the sample were Kampala, Kyaka II, Nakivale, Oruchinga, Adjumani, Bidibidi, Imvepi, Kiryandongo, Lobule and Rhino Camp. Those locations were selected to ensure that all regions and population groups were represented in the final sample of respondents.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Edited, anonymous dataset for licensed distribution.
Demographic data; household economic activities and livelihoods; access to information; healthcare; education; menstrual hygiene; assistance; protection and security; priority needs.
Livelihood & Social cohesion
Gender Based Violence
Health Care Referral Services
Domestic Needs/Household Support
Kampala, Kyaka II, Nakivale, Oruchinga, Adjumani, Bidibidi, Imvepi, Kiryandongo, Lobule and Rhino Camp
Women, men, boys and girls residing in refugee settlements, including vulnerable groups as PLWD, older persons with serious medical conditions, persons living with HIV and PLW.
Producers and sponsors
UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
The sample size was calculated using ProGres v4 data, including quotas for the following categories: female head of household (HoH), female HoH with no adult male family member, male HoH with female adult family members, male child HoH, female child HoH, households having at least one PLWD, HH having at least one older person, and households having at least one youth. The sample was stratified by location.
A confidence level of 95% were used resulting in a sample size of 1791. The sample size was equally distributed across the locations, meaning that the target number of interviews for each location was 190. There were insufficient people living with HIV, PLWD, and LGBTI individuals in the sample, and they were therefore excluded from the analyses.
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Data Collection Notes
The data collection team was trained on the questionnaires, use of tablets and ethical issues related to the research. The data collectors comprised of staff of women-led organizations, refugee women leaders, staff of partner organizations and community based volunteers.
Data for both the household surveys were intered into KoBo Toolbox with use of electronic tablets.
Version 01 (May 2022): This metadata was downloaded from the UNHCR Microdata Library catalog (https://microdata.unhcr.org/index.php). The following two metadata fields were edited - Document and Survey ID.