Freiwilliger österr. Kernbeitrag zum Flüchtlingshochkommissariat der VN (UNHCR) 2021

Contract partner: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Entwicklungsländer, unspezifisch Funding amount: € 1.600.000,00 Project start: 01.01.2021 End: 31.12.2021

Short Description:

Overall goal

The High Commissioner for Refugees is mandated by the United Nations to lead and coordinate

international action for the worldwide protection of refugees and the resolution of refugee problems. UNHCR’s Global Strategic Priorities (GSPs) for 2020 and 2021 emphasize areas of significant concern as part of its efforts to provide protection and assistance, and to seek solutions for refugees, IDPs, returnees, stateless persons and other people of concern. The Strategic Directions set out five core directions:

• Ensuring protection.

• Effectively responding to emergencies.

• Promoting inclusion and self-reliance, including through the engagement of development actors.

• Empowering people of concern to UNHCR.

• Pursuing solutions.

Expected results

The programme represents the needs of particular population groups:

• Pillar 1: Global refugee programme

• Pillar 2: Global stateless programme

• Pillar 3: Global reintegration projects

• Pillar 4: Global Internally Displaced Projects

Target group / Beneficiaries

In 2021, programmed activities are $8.62 billion with a planned target number of 97.3 mio. people of concern. The largest single budget will be for the Middle East and North Africa with 31% of the field budget. Acitivites will also be implemented in Asia and the Pacific, South, West and Central Africa, the East and Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. With regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNHCR will work to maintain the levels of responsiveness, adaptability and flexibility, whilst strengthening resilience as staff and people of concern adjust to living and working with COVID-19 in the medium term. The Office will work to mainstream COVID-19 activities within its programmes where possible. Main target group are refugees, internally displaced people, returnees, stateless persons, and others of concern. UNHCR carries out its work in collaboration with many partners, including governments, regional organizations, and international and non-governmental organizations.


Activities include, among others:

- Registration: 19 million individuals will be biometrically registered.

- Statelessness: 90,000 individuals will be supported to acquire nationality or have it confirmed.

- Child protection: 70% of unaccompanied or separated children will have a best interests process initiated or completed.

- Gender equality: 54 refugee operations and 4 IDP situations will improve the participation of

women in leadership and management structures.

- Cash-based interventions; $700 million in cash assistance will be delivered to people of concern across 95 operations.

- Health: Under-five mortality rate in refugee camps will be fewer than 1.5 deaths per 1,000 people a month.

- Food security and Nutrition: 168,000 children 6-59 months with moderate acute malnutrition MAM) will be admitted to targeted supplementary feeding programmes for treatment.

- Water, hygiene and sanitation: 45% of the assisted population will have access to at least 20 liters of safe water per day.

- Shelter: 1.6 million people of concern living in 55 settlements in

11 operations will receive additional shelter and settlement support, in line with UNHCR’s COVID-19 response.

- Education: 2 million children will be enrolled in primary education.

- Resettlement: 1.44 million people will be in need of resettlement, 7% of the global refugee population.

- Energy and environmental protection: 2.9 million people of concern will have access

to sustainable sources of electricity for lighting, power and productive use.


Forced displacement owing to conflict, violence and persecution continues to rise, with the number of people of concern to UNHCR increasing. Their plight is part of a broader flow of human mobility, driven by many overlapping elements: resource-based and other conflicts that often transcend borders; growing inequality; the exploitation of ethnic, religious and other divisions by political leaders; and collapsing eco-systems and weather-related disasters. UNHCR’s primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. In its efforts to achieve this objective, the Office strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, and to return home voluntarily. By assisting refugees to return to their own country or to settle permanently in another country, UNHCR also seeks lasting solutions to their plight.

project number 2859-00/2021
source of funding AKF
sector Humanitäre Hilfe: Sofortmaßnahmen
tied 0
modality Core contributions to multilateral institutions
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 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.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.