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UNHCR Programme Guidance

UNHCR Programme Handbook for Partners

The UNHCR Programme Handbook (only available to UNHCR colleagues) and the UNHCR Programme Handbook for Partners reflect the principles, frameworks, rules and systems in place to support our colleagues and partners on programming.

UNHCR uses a results-based management (RBM) approach called COMPASS for its multi-year planning and programming. According to this approach, UNHCR's programme cycle has three main phases – PLAN for, GET and SHOW Results – aligned to the UNHCR Strategic Directions 2022-2026 and the objectives of the Global Compact on Refugees.

The two handbooks guide our colleagues and partners through these three phases. They cover every aspect of UNHCR programming that is relevant to our colleagues and funded partners, including assessing, planning, designing, implementing, monitoring, adjusting and reporting on planned results.