Humanitarian support to UNHCR in UN Consolidated and Emergency Appeals - UNHCR 2017 - ny strategi

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Sida has assessed the UN High Commissioner for Refugees as a relevant and strategic humanitarian partner with good implementation capacity. Sida’s Central Organisational Assessment of UNHCR (2015) concludes that the organisation’s systems for internal control are adequate according and in line with Sida contribution regulations. Sida provides support, in addition to the MFA's annual core contribution, based on the UN Consolidated Appeals (HRP) and UNHCRs Global Appeal, Supplementary Budget Appeals and UNHCR Regional Response Plans (RRRP). Sida allocates funding to UNHCR on a country / regional level and support is unearmarked at this level. During the year Sida assesses UNHCR's Supplementary Appeals for possible additional funding through supplementary decisions. With its mandate, to protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people, and assist in their voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement to a third country, UNHCR is alongside ICRC Sida’s key protection partner. In addition to its operational role in the protection of refugees, UNHCR has a normative role in monitoring and interpreting the Refugee Convention. UNHCR is the lead Agency in Refugee operations within the humanitarian system with responsibility to coordinate UN agencies and NGOs response in refugee crisis. This includes coordination of several regional refugee appeals such as Syria, Horn of Africa, Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen, CAR, Burundi and Europe. UNHCR coordinates its response under OCHA in emergency within countries (internally displaced people). UNHCR is responsible for leading and coordinating the Protection Cluster, the clusters of Camp Coordination and Camp Management, as well as the Emergency Shelter cluster. UNHCR is thereby contributing strategically to the humanitarian system, at global, regional and country level. Through this support Sida contributes humanitarian funding to UNHCR in order to assist refugees and internally displaced people in armed conflict, providing legal protection from persecution and violence, emergency shelter (tents, semi-permanent structures, rent for temporary accommodation) and basic necessities (such as food, water, hygiene and primary health care, etc), as well as opportunities for durable solutions, when the situation so allows. The country allocations for 2019 includes a total of 236 MSEK with support to the following crises: Algeria 5 MSEK, Burundi regional 8 MSEK, Cameroon 7 MSEK, Central African Republic 10 MSEK, Chad 8 MSEK, DRC 20 MSEK, Ethiopia 10 MSEK, Iraq 12 MSEK, Nigeria 10 MSEK, Mali 5 MSEK, Myanmar crisis response in Bangladesh 8 MSEK, Somalia crisis response in Somalia 5 MSEK, Somalia crisis response in Kenya 5 MSEK, South Sudan crisis regional response 28 MSEK, Syria crisis response in Syria 20 MSEK, Syria crisis response in regional response 30 MSEK, Ukraine 5 MSEK, Venezuela 5 MSEK and unallocated (to be defined during year) 20 MSEK. In addition to these funds, Sida has also decided to support refugees from Myanmar in Bangladesh for shifting from firewood to gas with 50 MSEK. To facilitate rapid humanitarian planning and response, disbursement the main part of the amount is made at the beginning of the year after signing of the Agreement and upon disbursement request from UNHCR. Funds are utilized within a short timeframe after disbursement and UNHCR has a general utilization rate of 98% of the annual contributions. It is Sida's experience that funds available for activities at the country level rarely reaches or exceeds UNHCR's total funding needs. The funding level for UNHCR is generally about 50% of the annual budget. In the exceptional case that UNHCR has not utilized the entire Sida contribution by the end of the year, Sida has been duly informed and the balance have been regulated in accordance with the agreement. The proposed payment plan is thus in line with Sida's rule for contribution management § 2.8.4, which stipulates that payment will

Expected results

Each year, Sida makes loosely earmarked contributions to UNHCR's crisis-specific Refugee Response Plans, based on Sida's model for allocation of humanitarian aid and in response to prioritized humanitarian needs through Sida's own Humanitarian Crisis Analyses. The specific objectives of the individual response plans supported may vary from one crisis to another. Nevertheless, they always align with UNHCR's overall mandate and objective to provide protection and assistance to refugees and other persons of concern to the UNHCR. According to the Mission Statement "The High Commissioner for refugees is mandated by the UN to lead and coordinate international action for the worldwide protection of refugees and the resolution of refugee problems. UNHCR’s primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees." The operations are sorted under four main pillars: 1) Refugee Programme 2) Stateless Programme 3) Reintegration Projects 4) IDP Projects The individual response plans also contribute to UNHCR's Global Strategic Priorities, as set out in the UNHCR Global Appeal. These take into account the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as the commitments made at the World Humanitarian Summit and under the Grand Bargain:  Operational Priorities - Favourable protection environment - Fair protection process and documentation - Security from violence and exploitation - Basic needs and services - Community empowerment and self-reliance - Durable solutions Support and Managment Priorities - UNHCR's programmes are carried out in an environment of sound financial accountability and effective oversight - UNHCR's operations deliver quality protection, facilitate solutions for persons of concern and effectively advocate for their rights - UNHCR facilitates effective responses to forced displacement and statelessness through strengthened protection and solutions frameworks, advocacy and operational partnerships and the promotion of inclusion in national systems - UNHCR facilitates responsible and comprehensive use of data and information for decision-making and advocacy, including by partners and persons of concern - UNHCR makes effective use of and contributes to improving inter-agency humanitarian coordination mechanisms and drives efforts to place protection at the centre of humanitarian action - Multi-year, multi-partner protection and solutions strategies, supported by results based management (RBM) approaches, facilitate collaboration and effective inclusion of persons of concern in national systems and development frameworks, in pursuit of the sustainable development goals - UNHCR, in collaboration with partners, provides refugees and other persons of concern with the possibility to meet their needs, enhance their protection and support their transition to solutions through the expanded use of Cash-Based Interventions - UNHCR strengthens emergency preparedness and maintains and builds capacity to mobilize rapidly and effectively in response to emergencies - UNHCR is optimally prepared to respond to global forced displacement challenges, through a diverse workforce of talented and highly performing people, who are flexible and able to be deployed in a timely manner, and who benefit from comprehensive care and support from the organization - UNHCR mobilizes political, financial and operational support from public and private sectors through effective strategic partnerships and fundraising strategies, as well as through evidence-based multimedia communications and targeted campaigns, building empathy and awareness among the general public and shaping the global dialogue on forced displacement.


Example of results reported by UNHCR in its annual report (Global report 2017) withineach strategic priority include: FAVOURABLE PROTECTION ENVIRONMENTLegislative changes enhancing the protection of asylum-seekers and refugees werereported in 27 countries. Improvements in the national laws and policies on IDPs werereported in 10 countries. 12 countries amended their nationality laws to more effectivelyprevent statelessness or to protect the rights of stateless persons. A number of States took important steps to grant nationality to stateless persons, resulting in some 56,500 statelesspersons who acquired or had their nationality confirmed. FAIR PROTECTION PROCESSES AND DOCUMENTATION64% of 53 situations maintained or increased the systematic issuance of birth certificatesfor newborn children. 81% of 96 situations maintained or increased the levels ofindividual registration. SECURITY FROM VIOLENCE AND EXPLOITATION85% of 104 situations maintained or improved the provision of support to known SGBVsurvivors. 79% of 70 situations reported increased community involvement in preventionand protection of SGBV survivors.65% of 74 situations maintained or increased the number of unaccompanied orseparated refugee children for whom a best interests procedure has been initiated orcompleted. 71% of 44 situations increased non-discriminatory access to national childprotection and social services. BASIC NEEDS AND SERVICES62% of 98 surveyed camps or settlements met UNHCR’s standard for global acutemalnutrition (=10 %). All of 135 monitored sites met UNHCR’s standard for mortalityamong children under five years old (<1.5/1,000/month). 61% of 70 situationsmaintained or increased the percentage of households living in adequate dwellings.85% of 46 situations maintained or increased levels of water supply at sites. COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT AND SELF-RELIANCE53% of 58 situations maintained or increased the participation of women in leadershipstructures. 48% of 65 situations reported improvements in the relations between peopleof concern and local communities. 84% of 38 operations reported an increase in thenumber of people of concern between the age of 18 to 59 who were self-employed orwith their own business. 63% of 96 situations maintained or increased the enrolment rateof primary school-aged children. DURABLE SOLUTIONS55% of 42 situations reported some improvement in the local integration of refugees.79% of 42 situations reported supporting refugees to repatriate voluntarily, in safety anddignity, where conditions permit.



Granting agency
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Implementing organisation
United Nations Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Aid type
B03 - Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by international organisations (multilateral, INGO)
Humanitarian Assistance 2011-2016




Emergency response
Materiel relief assistance and services


Activity length
2013 – 2021

Financial information

Paid per year (net value)
2017 USD 941 617
2018 USD 580 986
2019 USD 524 117
2020 USD 454 743
Total paid amount (net value)
USD 2 501 463
Total committed amount


DisbursementThe amount placed at the disposal of a recipient country or agency.
Type Description Receiver Org Transaction ID Date Value
Commitment---2013-01-01USD 3 468 509
USD 941 617
USD 580 986
USD 524 117
USD 454 743

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Focus areas (policy markers)

Marker Principal objective Significant objective Not targeted
Gender Equality
Aid to Environment
Participatory Development/Good Governance
Trade Development
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Mitigation
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Adaptation
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention to Combat Desertification
Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH)


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