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Economic Empowerment and Self Reliance

Although this example refers to internally displaced persons, it provides an interesting idea that could be used for an urban refugee community. In 2012, UNHCR in collaboration with WFP, UNHCR started to support a minority community of Bantu refugees living in a marginalised settlement in Mogadishu. The Bantu community is primary suppliers of washing line rope, the sturdy ropes are used for hanging laundry across Mogadishu and for other domestic uses. They create the ropes from disused distribution bags which they pick from dumping sites. UNHCR on seeing the community’s livelihood initiative approached WFP and together contribute bags to the community which they can sell in the markets or use them to make washing line rope.

Region: Africa
Country:
Organization: UN agency
Sector: Livelihoods

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Micro Financing

Urban refugees have access to micro-finance services from a leading micro-finance organization. Before they can access loans, they need to register and open a savings account. They are then trained about income generation and business management. The loans are only disbursed to people who have completed these steps, and then the loans and payments are monitored. Refugees can re-apply for loans if the first one is completed. This initiative is open for both women and men, over 60 of them have benefited.

Region: Africa
Country: Gambia
Organization: UN agency
Sector: Livelihoods

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Providing Women with Small Business Loans

In Kenya, 32 women were provided with small business grants/loans during last quarter of 2012. Half of the amount is given as grant and half as a loan which they will repay within a 1 year period starting on the 3rd month of business operation. The repayments go into a revolving fund which will be loaned out again to the group. A number of the women have started repayment on Feb 2013 and several have already signified intention for a second loan. (This project is being implemented by DRC).

Region: Africa
Country: Kenya
Organization: Danish Refugee Council
Sector: Material Needs / Livelihoods

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Prioritizing Roma Minorities for Services in Serbia

Among UNHCR Serbia’s priorities are also programmes aimed at Roma advancement within the social welfare, health and educational system for Roma mothers, youth and children. In 2012, out of 526 young Roma IDP children and teenagers who benefitted from different educational activities, 353 were female. Assistance programmes directed to asylum-seekers and refugees from outside the former Yugoslavia targeted women with special assistance. The programmes aim at ensuring that the basic protection and assistance needs of these asylum seekers and mandate refugee women are acknowledged and met. Basic needs covered include primary health care, subsistence allowance and implementation of social-cultural programmes and educational activities.

Region: Europe
Country:
Organization: UN agency
Sector: Education

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Prioritizing Women for Housing Projects

UNHCR Serbia promotes empowerment of refugee and IDP women through provision of housing solutions and income-generating activities. It has been agreed and stipulated in the related project proposals that some 40% of the recipients of the housing and income generating projects must be refugee and IDP women. UNHCR statistics show that women represent more than 40% of the overall beneficiaries of UNHCR’s assistance projects in Serbia. UNHCR actively participated in the selection of beneficiaries for housing projects implemented throughout Serbia and ensured that the most deserving persons of concern to UNHCR were selected for various housing projects and women (especially single mothers) were prioritized for various housing projects. To illustrate this, in all the housing projects implemented by UNHCR in Serbia in 2012, out of 524 beneficiaries of various housing solutions, 254 were women.

Region: Europe
Country:
Organization: UN agency
Sector: Shelter

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Menstruation Supplies and Emplyoment

UNCHR in Uganda works with the head engineer of Makapad, a low-cost sanitary napkin being produced specifically to keep women and girls in school, as women sometimes miss school when they can’t afford sanitary products. Women are employed producing the napkins, and the UNHCR is also the largest purchaser of them. Scrap paper from UN offices are a large percentage of the material used to make them.

Region: Africa
Country: Uganda
Organization: UN agency
Sector: Livelihoods

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Mobile Medical Units

In addition to the clinic-based care, International Medical Corps established mobile medical units that provided basic health care and health education in various urban locations where Iraqis were known to live. This intervention, usually reserved for reaching remote populations in rural environments, has proved to be an important way to assist urban-based Iraqi families who could not or would not access health clinics. Relying on extensive community outreach and informal neighborhood networks, the mobile clinics bring services to the immediate vicinity of vulnerable families, for whom financial, physical, or psychological barriers to accessing public or private health care facilities existed. These units also accompany International Medical Corps’ home-based or case management teams on home visits when medical consultation or assistance is required.

Region: Middle East and North Africa
Countries: Jordan / Iraq
Organization: International Medical Corps
Sector: Mental Health/Psychosocial / Health

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Cash Assistance

Iraqis are not permitted to work 
in Jordan without an official work permit (which relatively few have obtained) and, with rising inflation and decreased employment opportunities for the Jordanian nationals, there continues to be significant dependence on assistance. Cash assistance has enabled
persons of concern to enjoy the minimum acceptable standard of living in their country of asylum. 

UNHCR officially introduced a new policy on refugee protection and solutions in urban areas which states that “in situations where it is viable, UNHCR will establish ATM card systems, both in view of their efficiency and because they enable refugees to maintain a greater degree of dignity.” While questions still arise about the benefits and challenges of providing cash assistance (and its applicability in other settings), the success in Jordan is clear. Putting the decision about how refugees choose to meet their most pressing needs into the hands of the refugees themselves has worked.

Region: Middle East and North Africa
Country: Jordan
Organization: UN agency
Sector: Material Needs

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Urban Registration and Inactivation

While enduring, the refugee population in Jordan is also dynamic: refugee movements are always recorded when new registrations occur, or when a durable solution is attained. Less obvious are other spontaneous movements, and situations when a refugee demonstrates through actions that they are not in immediate need of our services. To ensure that the registered population more or less correspond to an ‘active’ population, BO Amman, in line with other offices in the region, has been inactivating refugees with whom there has been no contact for a period of one year.

UNHCR has pursued inactivation in order to ensure the integrity of planning figures, target the most vulnerable and maintain UNHCR’s efficiency. Contact is measured by direct access to UNHCR (for bi-annual renewals, resettlement interviews, etc) or partners (measured through the assistance database, RAIS). Inactivation does not have any protection implications, because if an inactivated refugee resumes contact with the office, the file will be reactivated.

Region: Middle East and North Africa
Country: Jordan
Organization: UN agency
Sector: Registration / Documentation

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Community Centers

In Ethiopia, the long-running refugee community center in Addis Ababa created a safe and friendly environment for urban refugees and asylum seekers. People sat and chatted, went for counseling, used the internet facilities and library,
and attended language, computer or vocational training courses as well as workshops on a wide variety of topics. Children and young people were encouraged to take part in sports.

Region: Africa
Country: Ethiopia
Organization: Jesuit Refugee Service
Sector: Community Outreach / Community Integration

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Subsidized School Fees

In order to assist urban refugees in South Africa, JRS has subsidized urban school fees and provided stationery and books, school uniforms and transport to the children of refugees and asylum seekers in primary and secondary schools in Johannesburg and Pretoria. Additionally, JRS conducted six workshops about education rights for the children’s parents and social workers advocated for fee waivers or fee reduction for secondary school children of refugees and asylum seekers.

Region: Africa
Country:
Organization: Jesuit Refugee Service
Sector: Education

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Education for refugees from Myanmar

The United Learning Centre provides education to over 120 students-refugees from Myanmar. Besides regular subjects such as English, Maths, Geography, Science, Computers, Arts and Crafts we are also trying to provide them with useful skills that can help them make their living in the future. Therefore we provide the older kids e.g. with manicure classes. We are about to open Sunday afternoon classes for the parents so that they can improve their English and study with their children.

We have helped to prepare our students for a special exam so that they can participate in a programme run by one of the local universities. Based on their results they can join this programme and specialize in cooking, IT or English.

We have a boarding school for about 50 kids, whose parents either work in distant locations, or who are orphaned.

We are trying to provide a safe environment for all our students, who usually live in the vicinity of the school. The center is open for them all day long and they can come and play and spend time with their friends even after classes. Our space therefore serves not only as a school but also as a community center.

With the help of external volunteers and donors we are trying to arrange medical checkups for our students on regular basis. Some of them had very difficult crossing to Malaysia and we have sought professional psychological help for them. We also provide regular health and hygiene classes for our students.

Furthermore we are trying to arrange all sorts of extracurricular activities for our students – simple outings such as taking them swimming or on a visit to the zoo, cinema, theater, sports activities, arts and crafts programmes etc. 

Region: Asia and the Pacific
Country: Malaysia
Organization: Other
Sector: Shelter / Material Needs / Education / Community Outreach / Community Integration

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Primary Education for Rohingya Refugee Children

Future Global Islamic Network (FGIN)works along as an Implementing Partner to UNHCR in setting and running 2 separate schools that provide formal-structured primary education to a total of about 210 refugee children mainly Rohingyas in the urban areas of Klang and also Seberang Perai, Pulau Pinang. Subjects taught by 7 teachers in each school are Malay Language, English Language, Mathematics, Science, Moral, Physical Education, Arts, Life Skills (for children 10 years and above) and Computer Literacy. Monthly tests and end-of-year examination are carried out to assess student academic achievement. School outings are also carried out to enhance students’ learning as it provides opportunities for students to participate in curriculum-related activities outside the normal school routine. School Sports Day is held and involved the participation of teachers, children, parents,school advisory board members and Malaysian local community. School Prize-Giving Day is also held to recognize student achievement.

Region: Asia and the Pacific
Country: Malaysia
Organization: NGO/International Organization
Sector: Education

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Micro Finance to Refugees

Partners In Enterprise Bhd, a private micro finance NGO, is given the revolving fund by UNHCR to provide micro finance services to the urban refugees in Malaysia. We never tell the refugees that the funds are from the UN. If we do so, we will not be able to get the repayments for the loans given out to help the refugees embark or expand their small scale businesses. So far, our repayment rate is close to 100%.

We also do not place any cash from the loans in the hands of the refugees as the money can be utilised to repay debts or remitted back to their country of origin. We go with the refugees to purchase whatever items needed for their small businesses. This is what the loan is intended for and we want to ensure that there is value added to their small businesses.

Region: Asia and the Pacific
Country: Malaysia
Organization: Partners in Enterprise Berhad
Sector: Livelihoods

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