The power of cities

The power of cities

Cities are our future We live in an increasingly urban world which is shaping our environments and our future. Currently, over half of the global population live in cities and it is estimated that this percentage will rise to 70% by 2050. Cities are both the culprits...
Help.unhcr.org: a platform for asylum seekers to access information

Help.unhcr.org: a platform for asylum seekers to access information

Urban refugees sometimes have a wealth of assistance at their fingertips, and yet no comprehensive, up-to-date and accurate online resource to help them access it. UNHCR Innovation tackled this issue with a challenge through UNHCR Ideas and came up with a winner: a...
Testing Ascend in Costa Rica: refining the solution

Testing Ascend in Costa Rica: refining the solution

Project Background The majority of refugees and asylum seekers in Costa Rica live in urban settings. Because urban refugees are dispersed and mobile (compared to refugees who live in camps or settlements), communicating with them can be challenging for organizations...
5 information challenges for refugees in Costa Rica

5 information challenges for refugees in Costa Rica

When some people hear the word ‘refugee’, the first images that may come to mind are of boats in the Mediterranean; a tent with the UNHCR logo in a dusty site; or people stranded at the border in the harsh winter, eager to cross to the other side. And, while these...
Helping refugees help themselves: community based approach

Helping refugees help themselves: community based approach

In Kampala, Uganda urban refugee case load is excluded from the mainstream refugee assistance and protection that is focused on the settlements. These categories of refugees who opt to stay out of the settlement are supposed to cater for themselves. Relief agencies,...