UNHCR

UNHCR

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees leads and co-ordinates international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees.

UNHCR Innovation works with people inside and outside of UNHCR to innovate with and for refugees. This means working collaboratively with refugees, academia, and the private sector to creatively address challenges uprooted or stateless people face worldwide. It means constantly rethinking the 
way UNHCR works, while tapping in to the spirit of innovation that already exists within the organization. UNHCR Innovation aims to empower staff to work with refugee communities to design innovative solutions to challenges in three ways:

1. Amplify innovations already happening within UNHCR.
2. Connect innovators within UNHCR to resources and each other.
3. Explore innovations happening outside UNHCR. Rather than reinvent the wheel, we look for ways to adapt them to refugee challenges.

UNHCR Innovation has become a powerful channel to bring out ideas and knowledge and help integrate new thinking in education, energy, communications, shelter, and livelihoods for refugee communities

At a Glance

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Organization Type

  • Multilateral Entity

Contact

UNHCR is based in Geneva, Switzerland. 
http://www.unhcr.org/

Our address:

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Case Postale 2500
CH-1211 Genève 2 Dépôt
Suisse.

 

Organization Mission

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people.

Since 1950, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. Today, a staff of more than 9,300 people in 123 countries continues to help and protect millions of refugees, returnees, internally displaced and stateless people.

Innovations

Ideas Box

Ideas Box

Created by Libraries Without Borders as a humanitarian response device for access to information...

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Kepler Kiziba

Kepler Kiziba

Kepler and Southern New Hampshire University are piloting a blended learning university program...

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