The United Nations Foundation

About the partnership

Since: 2008

Locations: 20+ countries in Sub-Saharan Africa

Since 2008, the UN Foundation has supported UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency with more than US$12 million through its Nothing But Nets and Girl Up campaigns, among other initiatives, in addition to communications, advocacy, and technical efforts on issues ranging from malaria to energy access, and has made a significant difference in the lives of refugees and forcibly displaced people.

UNHCR has partnered with the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign since 2011, just a year after Girl Up was founded in 2010. For several years, Girl Up has supported UNHCR’s education project for Somali refugee girls in Jijiga, Ethiopia. Moreover, for the last three years (2016-2018), Girl Up has contributed to UNHCR’s primary education programme ‘Educate A Child’ in Ethiopia and Uganda with a particular focus on activities to help displaced girls get enrolled in school and have access to a quality education. Girl Up is also a supporter of UNHCR’s advocacy and outreach initiatives, for example the #WithRefugees Campaign and Coalition, and cooperates in and around events such as World Refugee Day and Girl Up’s annual Leadership Summits in London and Washington D.C.

Nothing But Nets has partnered with UNHCR since 2008 to protect refugees and internally displaced populations from malaria, a disease which claims a child’s life every two minutes. It is the world’s largest grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria. Inspired by sports columnist Rick Reilly, hundreds of thousands of people have joined the campaign. Nothing But Nets has raised $60 million to help deliver nearly 10 million bed nets to families in need, along with other crucial malaria interventions. In addition to raising funds for its UN partners, including UNHCR.

Impact at a glance

  • Prevention of malaria by raising awareness in sub-Saharan African countries where malaria is a leading cause of disease
  • Between 2016-18, UNF has helped over 1.5 million people in 9 countries through the distribution of in-kind malaria nets
  • The reduction of malaria in the targeted areas means healthier, more productive communities


Contact us

If you are interested in exploring a partnership with UNHCR, please contact us at [email protected].