NAIROBI, Kenya – East Africa's regional bloc says it gradually will allow the hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees sheltering in its countries to work and will include them in planning efforts.
It's a step forward for nations like Kenya, where refugees are not allowed to work.
Members of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development also committed Saturday to finding alternative means of settling refugees. They did not say when any changes would take effect.
The refugee summit comes weeks after a court blocked Kenya's plan to close the world's largest refugee camp in May. Dadaab shelters more than 200,000 Somalis.
East Africa also faces the world's fastest-growing refugee crisis in Uganda, where hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese have fled in recent months.
The bloc also includes Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Sudan.