This approach supports the community’s own goals, has a long-term impact and results in less dependency on external actors and has proved that resources available will be used more effectively.
Following this approach UNHCR Iran aims to empower the refugee communities by putting them in the center of its programming.
UNHCR continues to reach out to communities and include them as equal partners in assessing, designing, and implementing activities and projects in cooperation with the local government counterparts.
These activities help address issues identified and prioritized by the communities themselves such as those related to child labour and out of school children, to support peaceful coexistence, and to engage with vulnerable refugees including those with disabilities.
Community-based approach reinforces the dignity and self-esteem of the refugees and empowers all the actors to work together to support the different members of the community.