Contribution to the UNHCR Afghanistan Program 2010

Contract partner: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Afghanistan Funding amount: € 500.000,00 Project start: 01.01.2010 End: 31.12.2010

Short Description:

Overall goal

The humanitarian aid measures under this grant are financed from the Austrian Foreign Disaster Aid Fund.

The return of more than 5 million refugees since 2002 has increased the estimated population of Afghanistan by over 20 %. This level of return has put a strain on receiving communities struggling to cope with already limited resources and a volatile security environment.

The management of migration has already superseded refugees and IDPs as the pre-eminent population movement challenge in Afghanistan.

UNHCR works to address the main needs of returnees, which are for shelter, water and livelihoods support, as well as to support receiving communities and the Afghan authorities.

Main objectives of the UNHCR program include (but are not limited to):

" Strengthening the ability of the Afghan authorities to respond to displacement within, to and from the country.

" Support returnees, IDPs and Refugees reintegration through a community-based approach that includes shelter, water and livelihoods activities such as transport and reintegration cash grants and income-generating activities.

" Facilitating the voluntary return of Afghans, mainly from Pakistan and Iran (2.7 million Afghan refugees registered there by the end of 2009) and supporting their reintegration.

According to its current 2 year plan for Afghanistan, in 2010 - 2011 UNHCR aims to assist a total of 280.000 returnees, IDPs and a small number of refugees (mainly from Iran, Iraq and Pakistan), in Afghanistan.

project number 2645-01/2010
source of funding AKF
sector Humanitäre Hilfe: Sofortmaßnahmen
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    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
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