2019 UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs
Working together, better - 3-5 July 2019
UNHCR would like to consult with all its NGO partners on navigating the rapidly changing global refugee context. How do we use data and evidence to make an impact on refugee welfare? How can we harness the promise of the global compact on refugees, and what can we pledge to make it work? How do we maintain integrity, prevent fraud and safeguard those to whom we are responsible? And, as UNHCR undertakes a profound decentralization intended to place resources and decision closer to the field, how can we work with our NGO partners in a more local and regional manner?
This year’s UNHCR Annual Consultations with NGOs therefore have a three main components:
- data and evidence
- the Global Refugee Forum
There will also be room to discuss integrity and safeguarding.
In line with UNHCR’s process of decentralisation and regionalisation, we are pleased to announce that regional consultations will be organised. They will focus on the regional context and operational priorities as well as discussion on Global Refugee Forum.
The first edition of these regional consultations took place in the MENA region, on 20-21 June in Amman, Jordan.
Kindly note that the Africa regional consultations have been postponed due to the Idai cyclone emergency response. New dates and other useful information will be communicated in due course.
3. 2019 Innovation Award
The NGO Innovation Award was announced for the first time in 2018, and received 165 submissions from 57 countries. The winners were SINA Loketa, an organization that empowers youth to self-actualize in a Ugandan refugee camp, and Artemisszió, a foundation that is creating an inclusive community space in Hungary.
The aim of the Award is to highlight NGO efforts and achievements that advance the innovative delivery of services to persons of concern to UNHCR. The Award 2019 looks for innovative and inclusive solutions in two categories: partnerships and connectivity. A jury composed of UNHCR and external partners will select a winner of each category, and award a prize of USD 10,000 to each.
For further details and the application form, please visit the award's website. The deadline of application is 31 July 2019.
4. Background Documents
Day 2 (4 July 2019)
- Evidence for Action: Connecting people and data in support of evidence-informed outcomes
- "Are refugees' lives improving? – facilitating and measuring self-reliance and economic inclusion"
- Urban crises: Can area based data make a difference?: discussion paper | flyer
- Our Joint Journey – towards a working environment free from sexual misconduct
- Protecting rights in mixed movements practical and principled responses in the post-compacts era
- Panel with the Deputy High Commissioner on regionalisation
- Social media
Day 3 (5 July 2019)
- Broadening the base of support: Cities and local authorities
- #BeyondFundraising: working together, better, with companies
- Islamic Social Finance
- Inclusion of refugees and other persons of concern
- Thematic Conversation on Pledging and Showcasing- Protection Capacity
- Unlocking the Potential for Refugees & Host Communities through Energy & Infrastructure
- Education: Building Bridges to Inclusion & Quality
5. Gender audit
Partners from University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia, in collaboration with women of concern are conducting a gender audit of processes related to the Global Refugee Forum (GRF) with the purpose of drawing attention to gender equality and women's empowerment related challenges in refugee contexts. This will include a gender audit of GRF preparatory meetings, the NGO consultations, and the first Global Refugee Forum in December 2019.
The audit aims to support gender equality integration concretely through the GRF pledging process and in the identification of good practices. The gender audit of the NGO consultations will support the integration of suggestions and recommendations made by INGO's/NGO's on gender equality in the planning and outcomes of the Global Refugee Forum and the Pledging Process. More information on the gender audit.