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Denmark is UNHCR’s sixth largest government donor and one of the strongest supporters of UNHCR’s operations around the world. 

Denmark is UNHCR’s sixth largest government donor and one of the strongest supporters of UNHCR’s operations around the world. Denmark is a founding member of UNHCR’s governing Executive Committee (ExCom) and played a key role in discussions around the establishment of the Global Compact on Refugees and the Solutions Alliance. This demonstrates a shared commitment to more sustainable and solutions-oriented responses to the situation of refugees, stateless persons, returnees and internally displaced people. Denmark is a strong supporter of multi-year planning and programming for solutions, and of creating systematic engagement with development actors. Denmark hosts UNHCR’s presence in the UN City in Copenhagen, where staff from the UNHCR Education, Global Data Service, and Private Sector Partnerships teams are located.

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Denmark is a key partner to UNHCR in the protection of refugees, stateless persons, returnees and internally displaced people. Denmark’s financial support to UNHCR is unwavering and timely. Nearly 80% of its annual contribution comes at the start of each year in the form of unearmarked or flexibly earmarked contributions. Denmark is the fifth largest government contributor of unearmarked funding to UNHCR. The flexibility and predictability of these contributions allows UNHCR to not only act quickly with life-saving assistance when faced with new crises, but also supports under-resourced situations to continue implementing programmes. Denmark and UNHCR also share a commitment to securing sustainable solutions for refugees and displaced people, as exemplified through Denmark’s multi-year commitment of funds for solutions in protracted situations and for creative solutions to displacement.

Ethiopian refugee runs his barber shop in Tunaydbah Refugee Camp, Sudan.

In Tunaydbah Refugee Camp, many refugees have found innovative and resourceful ways to begin rebuilding their lives. Set up in January 2021, the camp has a vibrant market, coffee shops, kiosks, hair salons and barber shops.

UNHCR, together with Denmark and partners, are providing critical humanitarian assistance including registration, shelter, water and food to Ethiopian refugees.

Ethiopian refugee runs his barber shop in Tunaydbah refugees camp.
Ethiopian refugee runs his barber shop in Tunaydbah refugees camp. More than 62,000 refugees have fled Ethiopia’s Tigray region to Sudan’s Tunaydbah and Um Rakuba camps, each with over 20,000 people. Majority are women, children and the elderly. UNHCR, together with the Government of Sudan and humanitarian partners are providing critical assistance including registration, shelter, water and food. © UNHCR/Ahmed Kwarte  

Ugandan borders opened to thousands fleeing the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

“I saw people being killed – their belongings and houses burnt to ashes. Nothing was left untouched.”

Emmanuelle Ochaya, a 56-year-old asylum-seeker and mother of eight from the DRC, sits outside the makeshift shelter where she has slept for over a month after being separated from her family whilst fleeing deadly violence in DRC's Ituri Province.

UNHCR, with the help of the Government of Denmark, mounted an emergency operation in the Zombo district to receive thousands of asylum-seekers stranded in no-man's land between Uganda and the DRC since late-May.

Emmanuelle, 56, from DRC and mother of eight sits outside the makeshift shelter where she slept for over a month after fleeing deadly violence in DRC's Ituri province in late May 2020.
Emmanuelle, 56, from DRC and mother of eight sits outside the makeshift shelter where she slept for over a month after fleeing deadly violence in DRC's Ituri province in late May 2020. © UNHCR/Rocco Nuri  

Implementation of community-based protection projects, Kahdistan Secondary School in Injil, Afghanistan

Displaced 7-year-old Shakila rehearses her class lesson at her school in Kahdistan. The school has been supported by UNHCR and Denmark and now includes 8 classrooms, two administrative rooms, one library room, one guard room at the main entrance of school building, 5 toilet /washroom cells, 40-unit solar panels with capacity of 10 KV for electricity, perimeter security, one water reservoir with capacity of 5000 liters, and desks and chairs provided for all classrooms and offices.

Shakila, a displaced 7 year-old, rehearsals a class lesson in Kahdistan Secondary School in Injil district of Herat province on November 2, 2020.
Shakila, a displaced 7 year-old, rehearsals a class lesson in Kahdistan Secondary School in Injil district of Herat province on November 2, 2020. © UNHCR/Aref Karimi  

Programmes run by UN Agencies in Kakuma refugee Camp and Turkana host-community farmers from adverse effects of COVID-19, Kenya.

A Turkana host-community woman poses with her friend from South Sudan at the Horticulture Farm in Kalobeyei settlement. The farm benefits 300 refugees and host-community farmers and is supported by WFP, FAO, UNHCR, and the County Government of Turkana under the Kalobeyei Integrated Socio-Economic Development Plan.

Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya is home to nearly 200,000 refugees. Over the last few years, refugees and host communities have been farming together as a reliable means of livelihood. But this year, many say restrictions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 are having an adverse impact on their businesses. Their incomes have declined as movement, access to labor, and trade have become more limited. UNHCR, in partnership with WFP and FAO and other humanitarian organizations, are offering support in finding ways to assist vulnerable farmers and livestock keepers.

A Turkana host community woman poses with her friend from South Sudan at the Horticulture Farm in Kalobeyei settlement.
A Turkana host community woman poses with her friend from South Sudan at the Horticulture Farm in Kalobeyei settlement. The farm benefits 300 refugee and host community farmers and is supported by WFP, FAO, UNHCR, and the County Government of Turkana under the Kalobeyei Integrated Socio-Economic Development Plan. © UNHCR/ Samuel Otieno  
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