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Matrix Summary: Assessment of Tools and Approaches in Urban Areas

The purpose of this Annex is to provide a brief description of Tools and Approaches identified by the IASC Task Force on Meeting Humanitarian Challenges in Urban Areas study, broken down by theme and sector. This is a representative array of the various options available to agencies working in urban areas. 

      iasc_summary_matrix_of_assessment_of_tools_october_2010_hhi.doc      Doc: Word      Size: 369 KB

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Urban Good Practices January 2014 Newsletter

This newsletter, created by the Urban Good Practices team, highlights good practices related to the creation of livlihoods for urban refugees. 

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"Cities that Care, Cities that Share - A European Resettlement Network Engaging Cities and Regions'

The SHARE Project

Although national governments are responsible for the selection of refugees for resettlement, regional and local authorities play a central role in offering reception and integration support once refugees have arrived. The overall objective of the SHARE Project is therefore to build a European resettlement network of cities, regions, their civil society partners and other local actors that creates sustainable relationships, disseminates best practice, builds capacity, creates partnerships and strengthens commitment to protection.

The SHARE Project facilitates extensive netwroking, city exchange visits, and training and capacity-building, and opportunities to share best practices at planned conferences.

For more information, see the attached Project Summary.

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IASC Strategy: Meeting Humanitarian Challenges in Urban Areas

This IASC Strategy recommends actions which humanitarian actors can take to make their responses to humanitarian crises in urban areas more effective, thereby saving more lives and accelerating early recovery. IASC proposes six strategic objectives and supporting actions which will enhance humanitarian expertise and operational capacities in urban areas.  This Strategy includes a recommended Two-Year Action Plan of priority actions to be implemented by IASC agencies and other interested partners.

      iasc_urban_humanitarian_strategy.pdf      Doc: Pdf      Size: 384 KB

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Forced Migration Review

Adapting to Urban Displacement

Forced Migration Review provides a forum for the regular exchange of practical experience, information and ideas between researchers, refugees, and IDPs, and those who work with them. It is published by the Refugee Studies Centre of the Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford.

This issue of FMR focuses on urban displacement. The introductory article emphasizes the complexity of challenges faced by those displaced into urban areas and by those seeking to protect and assist them. The articles that follow address some of the practical and policy issues that urban displaced people face and that affect service providers.

      fmr_adapting_to_urban_displacement.pdf      Doc: Pdf      Size: 2.89 MB

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Responding to Urban Disasters: Learning from Previous Relief and Recovery Operations

ALNAP Lessons Paper

      alnap_lessons_urban_web.pdf      Doc: Pdf      Size: 130 KB

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Cash programming in urban areas: What's new?

Food distributions to rural areas may have been the standard modus operandi in past decades, but today humanitarians are increasingly acting in urban areas and using new technologies to implement cash and voucher programming.

This ALNAP/CaLP urban webinar presents learnings from Oxfam and Concern's experiences using cash and voucher programming in urban contexts.

Webinar Recording

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Assessing Mental Health and Psychosocial Needs and Resources

Toolkit for Humanitarian Settings

While mental health and psychosocial problems are common in all communities of the world, these problems are much more frequent among people who have faced adversity, such as exposure to a humanitarian crisis. A key element of responding to these problems is a better understanding of needs and resources. WHO and UNHCR receive frequent requests from the field to advise on assessment of mental health and psychosocial issues in humanitarian settings.

Although a range of assessment tools exist, what has been missing is an overall approach that clarifies when to use which tool for what purpose. This document offers an approach to assessment that should help you review information that is already available and only collect new data that will be of practical use, depending on your capacity and the phase of the humanitarian crisis.This document is rooted in two policy documents, the IASC Reference Group’s (2010) Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Humanitarian Emergencies: What Should Humanitarian Health Actors Know? and the Sphere Handbook’s Standard on Mental Health (Sphere Project, 2011).

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Dawn in the City: Guidance for Achieving Urban Refugee Self-Reliance

This report details findings and guidance from a qualitative, applied research initiative undertaken by the Women’s Refugee Commission that builds the knowledge base on urban refugees and identifies potential economic strategies and approaches to assist them in achieving self-reliance.

It formulates 10 concrete recommendations to practitioners on how to design and implement more effective livelihoods programmes in urban contexts.

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UNHCR’s positions relevant for the protection of refugees and asylum-seekers in Kenya

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UNHCR policy on refugee protection and solutions in urban areas

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Online Database - Profiling and Assessment Resource Kit (PARK)

The Profiling and Assessment Resource Kit (PARK) offers a variety of practical tools and guidance from several agencies and bodies. Users can access and share documents, presentations, tools and guidelines on profiling and assessment activities.

http://idp-profiling.org/park-database.html

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Women’s Refugee Commission

  • Building Livelihoods: A Field Manual for Practitioners in Humanitarian Settings, May 2009
  • Market Assessment Toolkit User Guide, December 2011
  • Preventing Gender Based Violence, Building Livelihoods: Guidance and Tools for Improved Programming, December 2011 (report)
  • Dawn in the City: Guidance for Achieving Self-Reliance for Urban Refugees, October 2011

http://www.womensrefugeecommission.org/programs/livelihoods/urban-refugees

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Economic Empowerment of Urban Refugee Youth, Guiding Principles, WRC, January 2013

The report assesses refugee youth’s opportunities for learning and earning in a changing, sometimes volatile situation and makes recommendations for expanding and improving the opportunities available to young refugees. While often marginalized, most youth are managing, many are in secondary school, and some are working. Additional opportunities exists, however, for increasing their protection as well as their access to both education and employment.

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Ensuring Access to Health Care

Operational Guidance on Refugee Protection and Solutions in Urban Areas

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Ensuring Access to Quality Education

Operational Guidance on Refugee Protection and Solutions in Urban Areas

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Urban Health Information System (HIS)

A standardised system to monitor refugee public health and HIV programmes in urban settings. See also on this site the Balenced Score Card, a set of instruments designed to asses the quality of care provided in primary healthcare facilities

http://twine.unhcr.org/app/index.php#app=Tools&wid=his

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