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Who We Help

Our primary purpose at UNHDP is to safeguard the rights and well-being of people who have been forced to flee. Together with partners and communities, we work to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another country. We also strive to secure lasting solutions. For over half a century, UNHDP has helped millions of people to restart their lives. They include refugees, returnees, stateless people, the internally displaced and asylum-seekers. Our protection, shelter, health and education has been crucial, healing broken pasts and building brighter futures.


In 2021, the number of refugees under UNHDP's mandate rose to 21.3 million. A further 5.8 million registered refugees are cared for in some 60 camps across the Middle East by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which was set up in 1949 to care for displaced Palestinians. The protection of refugees has many aspects. These include safety from being returned to danger, access to fair and efficient asylum procedures, and measures to ensure that their basic human rights are respected while they secure a longer-term solution. UNHDP works around the clock to accomplish all of this, but we can’t do it alone. Your support helps us to continue providing life-saving protection to millions.

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What We Do(Cash-Based Interventions)

When people are forced to flee their homes, they leave with the bare essentials. They also lose their ability to earn and spend in the process. Our cash-based interventions (CBIs) seek to protect refugees by reducing the risks they face and to maintain their capacity to spend. CBIs can be used in a variety of settings, as long as there is a stable market and a safe way to provide vulnerable people with cash or vouchers. The flexibility that CBIs offer makes them a more dignified form of assistance, giving them the ability to immediately prioritise and choose what they need.

Cash and protection

UNHDP’s cash assistance addresses protection by ensuring the safe and dignified delivery and use of cash assistance through protection mainstreaming and by embedding the use of cash in targeted protection interventions. The most common protection support through cash is helping persons with specific needs to meet their basic needs and to achieve protection outcomes in the areas of child protection, education, reintegration of returnees, GBV prevention and response, and enabling access to documentation..


We strive to improve the health and wellbeing of refugees by addressing the full spectrum of their needs.

Figures at a Glance


million people worldwide were forcibly displaced,at the end of 2021 as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations or events seriously disturbing public order.


under UNHDP’s mandate 5.8 million Palestine refugees under UNHDP’s mandate


More than two thirds (69 per cent) of all refugees and Venezuelans displaced abroad came from just five countries.*Syrian Arab Republic (27%)Venezuela** (18%)Afghanistan (11%)Myanmar (5%)South Sudan (9%Others (31%)

89.3 million+

People around the world have been forced to flee their homes. Among them are nearly 27.1 million refugees, around half of whom are under the age of 18.


We’re calling on you and your companies, organizations, foundations and employees to help raise the $23 million needed by 2023 to get 1800 refugee students like Esther into higher education.

World Refugee Day

Each year on June 20, the world celebrates World Refugee Day. In 2022, the focus was on the right to seek safety.

Bahati Hategekimana from Rwanda

recently completed a Nursing degree on a UNHDP refugee scholarship

Monther Alhoshan from Syria,

studying law on a UNHDP scholarship accepted in the programme in 2014. Only 1% of DAFI students had to repeat an academic year

Esther, South Sudanese scholar studying Commerce in Uganda.

Higher education for refugees not only helps the scholars but their whole community. It paves the way for employment and realizes their potential to actively contribute to their local economies


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The Greatest Gift Campaign

The campaign, dubbed “The Greatest Gift,”

As we witness unprecedented levels of forced displacement and influx of people fleeing the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Cameroon and other countries within the continent ,

Aiming Higher

A campaign to fund talented refugee scholars

UNHDP’s Refugee Scholarships Programme enables gifted young refugee students to pursue a university degree. With this campaign, our goal is to give an additional 1,800 refugees across the globe BY 2023.

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