Partners and Donors


The Bureau for Aliens and Foreign Immigrants’ Affairs (BAFIA) is UNHCR Iran’s main operational government counterpart. Additionally, tripartite Project Partnership Agreements exist with other partners. The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, UNHCR and its national and international partners firmly root their assistance to Afghan refugees in the regional multi-year framework known as the Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees (SSAR). UNHCR and BAFIA hold joint coordination meetings every year to discuss and review implementation and progress towards the strategy’s objectives and to share updates on priorities.

Partnership with Government

  • Ministry of Education (MoE)
  • Literacy Movement Organization (LMO)
  • Ministry of Health (MoH)
  • State Welfare Organization (SWO)
  • Technical and Vocational Training Organization (TVTO)
  • Iran Health Insurance Organization (IHIO)

Operational partners

  • National NGOs: Association for Protection of Refugee Women and Children (HAMI), Society to Protect Children Suffering from Cancer (MAHAK), Society for Recovery Support (SRS), Rebirth Charity Organization (Rebirth), World Relief Foundation (WRF), Chain of Hope (COH); Pars Development Activists Institute (PDA), Iranian Life Quality Improvement Association (ILIA), Kiyana Cultural and Social Group (KIYANA), and Kowsar scientific and cultural institute
  • UN Agencies and International Organizations: UNHCR coordinates with UN partner agencies, as well as NGOs and international organizations, under the umbrella of the Solution Strategy for Afghan Refugees (SSAR). UNHCR continues to collaborate with its network of partners and to implement joint activities.


UNHCR is thankful for donors of unearmarked funding in 2019, providing UNHCR Iran with flexibility to channel resources to where they are most needed. Furthermore, UNHCR is also grateful for the support provided by donors who contributed with earmarked funding for the operation in Iran, giving UNHCR Iran the ability to support vital activities in critical areas.

Donors of unearmarked funding in 2019:

Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Private Donors China, Private Donors Italy, Private Donors Japan, Private Donors Republic of Korea, Private Donors Spain, Private Donors Sweden.

Donors of softly earmarked funding in 2019:

Canada, China, Czechia, Finland, Japan, Private Donors Australia, Private Donors Bahamas, Private Donors Republic of Korea, and other Private Donors.

Donors of earmarked funding in 2019:

Australia, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Kuwait, Norway, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, The European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, The European Union’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Department, United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund, United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, and Private Donors.