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|2020 year-end results|
|90,959||refugees were enrolled into school from preschool to the secondary level. 131 DAFI scholarships were renewed and 557 UNHCR Mixed Movements fellowships were renewed for 472 refugees and 85 Chadians|
|43,625||birth certificates in 2020, above a target of 35,000 certificates|
|5,384||shelters provided to 24,228 beneficiaries|
|1,242||survivors of gender-based violence provided with the adequate medical, psychological and legal assistance|
|100%||All refugees and surrounding host population provided with access to primary, secondary and tertiary health care in all camp-based health centres and several public referral hospitals|
|2021 planning figures|
|924,000||people of concern will be assisted with a combination of personal protective equipment, mental health support, and targeted interventions in education, protection, livelihoods and community mobilization focused on risk communication|
|12,000||people of concern will receive antiretroviral therapy treatment for HIV and AIDS|
|8,000||UNHCR and partner personnel, as well as people of concern including refugee leaders, will receive training on preventing fraud and corruption|
|3,000||refugee children will be enrolled into primary school, with UNHCR monitoring to ensure retention|
|2,000||people of concern will receive durable shelters in refugee and IDP camps or sites|
People of Concern
Operational environmentChad is situated at the confluence of simultaneous and overlapping conflicts in the Sahel, the Lake Chad Basin, Western Darfur and the Central African Republic. This regional instability and insecurity directly affect Chad’s operational environment and was exacerbated in 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic, which severely affected the most vulnerable populations including refugees and IDPs.
Despite these challenges, the protection environment in Chad remains favorable to refugees and IDPs and UNHCR works closely with the Government to ensure protection and seek solutions for over 470,000 refugees from Sudan, the Central African Republic and Nigeria, as well as 330,000 IDPs, mostly around the Lake Chad region.
In 2021, UNHCR will pursue these efforts and support the Government in implementing the pledges made during the Global Refugee Forum, in particular those on reducing the risk of statelessness with the adoption of a national plan (finalized in 2020); the issuance of identity cards to 30,000 Chadian returnees (planned in 2021); and the inclusion of questions in the next population census (planned in April 2021) to identify stateless persons or persons at risk of statelessness.
In line with the principles of the Global Compact for Refugees (GCR) and with the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework launched by Chad in 2018, UNHCR will engage with development actors such as the World Bank, the European Union and the French Development Agency to support inclusive development initiatives in refugee-hosting areas. As part of this strategic approach, Chad integrated all refugee schools into the national education system, and the same process is now underway across the health sector.
UNHCR will sustain this coordination effort and will seek new partnership and cooperation with all relevant humanitarian, development and private sector actors, in particular the African Development Bank and the Qatar Fund, which represent significant opportunity for new collaboration.
These coordination efforts will also be sustained as part of UNHCR’s IDP response through the cluster system in the Lake Chad province, where UNHCR leads the protection, camp coordination and camp management, and shelter and non-food items clusters.
Key prioritiesIn 2021 UNHCR will focus on:
- Strengthening the security framework, mainly in border areas with the Central African Republic, Sudan and in the province of Lake Chad.
- Advocating the adoption of a national law on asylum and consolidating refugee status determination (RSD) procedures.
- Strengthening cooperation with development actors for ongoing projects, such as the Dévelopment Inclusif des Zones d’Acceuil (DIZA) and the Projet d’Appui pour les Refugiés et aux Communautés d’Accueil (PARCA).
- Restarting resettlement activities suspended due to COVID-19 measures; fast-tracking departure procedures for refugees under consideration; and advocating increased quotas of refugees benefiting from third-country resettlement programmes.
- Seeking additional opportunities for education and health integration as well as livelihoods, with a focus on securing access to land and socioeconomic opportunities. To achieve this, UNHCR will build on the progress made following the 2017 Socioeconomic Inclusion Forum, the integration of refugees in health centers and camp schools into the national health and/or education system, as well as commitments made by the Government under the GCR.
- Strengthening collaboration with the National Assembly and the Government of Chad for the adoption and promulgation of the law on asylum.