UNHCR must invest more in strengthening its cooperation with development partners – Independent evaluation report – World
February 18, 2022 – Over the past five years, UNHCR’s engagement in humanitarian-development cooperation has increased with a positive effect on refugees and host communities. To continue to build on this success, UNHCR needs to further adapt its work and strengthen its investments in this area, says a report by UNHCR’s Evaluation Service.
The report found that UNHCR has been successful in building partnerships with development actors and helping them focus on forced displacement. UNHCR has also succeeded in advising governments to put in place policies that improve the socio-economic situation of displaced people and in collecting essential data on forced displacement.
For example, based on this cooperation, in Jordan, the Jordanian government agreed to issue 200,000 work permits to Syrian refugees, mainly in the agriculture and construction sectors. This led refugees with work permits to have $62 more in monthly income than those without, to be 30% less likely to accept risky, illegal, or degrading work, and to be 10 % less likely to have to buy food on credit .
Because of promising results like these, UNHCR should continue to invest in these efforts to better connect humanitarian and development actors.
The report recommends that UNHCR step up its efforts to better include refugees in national systems such as health care or the labor market, redouble its efforts to provide data and protection expertise to development and continue to strengthen cooperation in areas where additional opportunities exist, such as partnership on displacement, or engaging with the UN development system.
“In protracted crisis situations, working to reduce humanitarian needs while laying the foundations for long-term development is a complex and challenging undertaking that requires a solution-focused, multi-stakeholder approach,” said Lori Bell, Chief of assessment service at UNHCR. . “As our assessment shows, valuable work has already been done in this area by UNHCR, with positive results for the people we serve. It is critical that we build on this success and continue to invest and adapt to deepen our engagement with development partners for the benefit of the people we serve.
About the Assessment Service:
UNHCR’s Evaluation Service, independent from the management function and reporting directly to the High Commissioner, provides evaluation evidence so that UNHCR can obtain an impartial reflection on its performance and results, generate lessons and find ways to improve.
For more information: unhcr.org/evaluation-service
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