Migration and Development – ADA Stays Involved

6 continued civil society projects contribute to enhanced living conditions of refugees and host communities.

According to UNHCR, the number of displaced persons across the globe exceeded 70 million in 2018. These people were forced to leave their homes due to violent conflicts, persecution and human rights violations.

With the continuation of 6 projects, the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) supports the direct provision of basic care and assistance for refugees and helps host communities to meet this global challenge. Together with its partners, ADA ensures improved living conditions for people in crisis regions. Thereby ADA, contributes to the increased resilience of refugees, local communities, migrants, internally displaced persons and voluntary returnees.

Originally, Austrian Civil Society Organisations submitted these projects in response to ADA’s call for proposals "Migration and Development / Flight-Asylum-Return" in 2017. Their intention was to positively link the areas of migration and development and build bridges between humanitarian aid and development cooperation. Clearly, the initiatives have lived up to this goal. Two years later, ADA has decided to continue the projects so as to achieve a more far-reaching impact.

The Austrian Development Cooperation supports refugees and local host communities in the following countries: Ethiopia, Jordan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Uganda.

At the beginning of 2019, ADA encouraged its partners to submit project proposals for a second phase. The aim was to improve the sustainability of the results achieved. The continuation of all 6 projects of Diakonie Austria, CARE, HORIZONT3000, SOS-Kinderdorf, Caritas Österreich and VIDC as well as the Austrian Red Cross (Österreichisches Rotes Kreuz) has now been approved.

The thematic focus of the initiatives is improved water supply and sanitation, protection against gender-based violence, access to education for people with disabilities, vocational training and food security. The projects are implemented in cooperation with local partner organisations that are familiar with the living conditions of those affected.

The start of the second phase of three projects has already begun, three further projects will start at the beginning of 2020.