A young boy carrying a box full of supplies provided by UNHCR.
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Norway’s multi-year and highly flexible funding helps UNHCR to plan effectively and respond where the needs are greatest. 

Norway is a true partner to UNHCR. As one of the largest governmental donors providing multi-year and highly flexible funding, Norway enables UNHCR to plan effectively and respond where the needs are greatest. The partnership is steeped in history, from Fridtjof Nansen’s work as High Commissioner for Refugees in 1921, to their joining of the Executive Committee of UNHCR in 1955. Norway and UNHCR share common values and priorities, focusing on issues such as equal protection for both refugees and internally displaced men and women, identifying comprehensive approaches and improving assistance through innovation. Norway uses an innovative approach which resettles refugees to different locations based on their education and skills, resulting in better integration into new communities.

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Norway’s contributions make a significant impact around the world. Much of Norway’s financial support is unearmarked funding, which provides UNHCR with critical flexibility meaning it can respond quickly to emergencies and continue to support people in protracted or forgotten crises which are no longer in the public eye. Norway supports comprehensive approaches by assisting host communities—an approach that is at the heart of the Global Compact on Refugees. At the Global Refugee Forum in December 2019, Norway co-sponsored the themes of Education as well as Energy and Solutions, showing their commitment to bringing countries and organizations together, and advancing the objectives of the Global Compact on Refugees. Furthermore, specific Norwegian innovation grants are enabling UNHCR to reduce its environmental footprint and adopt new approaches within refugee communities and camps. Norway’s dedication to the Grand Bargain commitments, which include a series of changes in the working practices of donors and aid organizations, as well as their prioritization of the UN Reform, illustrates their focus on efficiency and integrity, two important pillars of UNHCR’s work. Finally, Norway’s support to the resettlement programme allows UNHCR to maintain its capacity to provide long-term solutions to the most vulnerable refugees by giving them a chance at a new life in a place of safety and security.

Community centers support vulnerable returnee children in Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Republic

Syrian children previously displaced by war in Aleppo learn how to sculpt and paint plaster figurines at a community center in the Al Sheikh Khuder neighborhood.

With support from UNHCR and government partners like Norway, a network of 35 community centers and satellite centers across the governorate of Aleppo are providing protection services to meet the humanitarian needs of vulnerable families affected by war and displacement.

Kids from Al Shikh Khuder gathered around the teacher and started wearing rubber gloves with excitement to learn how to make and color plaster figurines.
Kids from Al Shikh Khuder gathered around the teacher and started wearing rubber gloves with excitement to learn how to make and color plaster figurines. © UNHCR/Antwan Chnkdji  

One of the most pressing challenges relating to the refugee situation in Sudan is the environmental impact of an increased population size in hosting communities.

To address this problem, UNHCR partnered with Land Life Company to develop reforestation technologies and train refugees to boost the survival of young trees and reduce water usage and reforestation costs. This project was supported by the Government of Norway through Innovation Norway, helping UNHCR to implement this technology across nine refugee camps in White Nile State from 2019 to 2021.  

A UNHCR staff holding a plant.
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Congolese activist wins Nansen Refugee Award regional prize for Africa in Uganda

Supported by the Government of Norway, the Nansen Refugee Award honors everyday heroes going to extraordinary lengths to help forcibly displaced people.

Nansen Refugee Award Regional Winner for Africa, Sabuni Francoise Chikunda (left), a 49-year-old Congolese refugee and survivor of rape and torture at the hands of a militia, now lives in Uganda's Nakivale settlement where she volunteers as a schoolteacher. She is also a community leader and provides counseling to women and girls at the women’s center. Nansen Refugee Award Regional Winner for Africa, Sabuni Francoise Chikunda (left), a 49-year-old Congolese refugee and survivor of rape and torture at the hands of a militia, now lives in Uganda's Nakivale settlement where she volunteers as a schoolteacher. She is also a community leader and provides counseling to women and girls at the women’s center.

Nansen Refugee Award Regional Winner for Africa, Sabuni Francoise Chikunda (left) talks to fellow Congolese refugee, 18-year-old Paola Fatuma, an orphaned child and survivor of sexual and gender-based violence who Francoise adopted after meeting her at Nakivale settlement in Uganda.
Nansen Refugee Award Regional Winner for Africa, Sabuni Francoise Chikunda (left) talks to fellow Congolese refugee, 18-year-old Paola Fatuma, an orphaned child and survivor of sexual and gender-based violence who Francoise adopted after meeting her at Nakivale settlement in Uganda. © UNHCR/Esther Ruth Mbabazi  

Elderly Syrian among first refugees in Greece to receive COVID-19 vaccine

“I feel very well. All people should receive the vaccine as I did.”

Ninety-year-old Syrian refugee, Linda Ilanjian, receives the first dose of her COVID-19 vaccination at the Hospital of the Hellenic Red Cross (Korgialenio Benakio) in Athens, Greece.

Refugees and asylum-seekers who are in one of the national priority categories may enroll to receive vaccinations. Other categories will follow as the vaccination rollout proceeds amongst the general public. UNHCR, with support from the Government of Norway, is working with Greece’s national health authorities to ensure the inclusion of people of concern.

Ms Linda Ilanjian (left), 90, recognized refugee from Syria, receives the COVID-19 vaccine during her visit at the “Korgalenio Benakio” Hellenic Red Cross General Hospital of Athens.
Ms Linda Ilanjian (left), 90, recognized refugee from Syria, receives the COVID-19 vaccine during her visit at the “Korgalenio Benakio” Hellenic Red Cross General Hospital of Athens. © UNHCR/Socrates Baltagiannis  

UN High Commissioner for Refugees meets Norwegian Ambassador, Geneva, Switzerland

UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi (right), with Tine Mørch Smith, Permanent Representative of Norway to the UN in Geneva.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi (right) poses for a photograph with Tine Mørch Smith, Permanent Representative of Norway to the UN in Geneva.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi (right) poses for a photograph with Tine Mørch Smith, Permanent Representative of Norway to the UN in Geneva. © UNHCR/Mark Henley  

One year on, people displaced by Cyclone Idai struggle to rebuild in Mozambique

Angelina, 31, works on the land the Government gave her and her husband in Mutua settlement after they were relocated with their two daughters when Cyclone Idai severely hit Beira, Mozambique in March 2019 and destroyed their home. Angelina’s husband Jose regularly goes back to fish and try to make ends meet, despite fears of another cyclone. Conditions at the settlement are tough, with no hospitals nearby and long walks to school.

Support from Norway helps UNHCR to provide shelter, cooking materials, solar powered lanterns, mosquito nets, blankets and other relief items to those affected.

Angelina, 31, works on the piece of land the Government attributed to her and her husband in Mutua settlement.
Angelina, 31, works on the piece of land the Government attributed to her and her husband in Mutua settlement. © UNHCR / Helene Caux  
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