Creating better perspectives for people forced to flee

Project description

Title: Support to UNHCR in facilitating the operationalisation of the Global Compact on Refugees in the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus
Commissioned by: Federal German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)​​​​​​​
Country: Global
Lead executing agency: Mauritania: Ministry of the Interior, Mexico: Secretariat for Home Affairs, Uganda: Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry for Energy and Mineral Development, Kenya: Ministry for Energy, Ethiopia: Ministry for Water, Irrigation and Energy, Ruanda: Ministry in Charge of Emergency Management
Overall term: 2018 to 2025

Workers pitch UNHCR tents for refugees. © UNHCR/Rocco Nuri


In May 2022, the number of people forced to flee reached 100 million worldwide, according to data published by the UN Refugee Agency. Protecting, empowering and providing perspectives to refugees is one of the greatest humanitarian and political challenges for the international community.

To support this effort, UN member states agreed in 2018 on the Global Compact on Refugees. This compact brings together governments, international organisations and civil society to improve the lives of people forced to flee. The Global Compact aims to enhance refugee self-reliance so that they can lead independent lives. Moreover, it strives to ease the pressure on refugee hosting countries and ensures they get the necessary support.

Inspired and guided by this commitment, the German Government initiated this Global Programme, where GIZ and UNHCR jointly develop, test and implement new ways of supporting refugees. The project shares the lessons learned with the international community.

The focus of these new solutions is the integration of humanitarian, development and peace-building perspectives. This approach is called the Humanitarian-Development-Peace (HDP)-Nexus.


Together with UNHCR, solutions to improve the support for refugees and host communities are developed tested and implemented.

A refugee family in front of their new house constructed by the Global Programme in Niger. © UNHCR Niger


In the Global Programme, GIZ and UNHCR work hand in hand to provide long lasting solutions to refugees and host communities. In Mexico, for example, the programme relocates refugees from south to north, to provide them with better access to the labour market. Moreover, it supports their integration into host communities and provides support and advises the government. Lessons learned and best practices from implementation are collected, analysed and shared with other actors working on the HDP Nexus.

In addition to Mexico, pilot projects are implemented in the Sahel Region, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

The four thematic areas of engagement are:

  1. Support inclusion of forcibly displaced persons
  2. Promote sustainable energy solutions
  3. Technical/ staff support to UNHCR
  4. Strengthen capacities of host governments
Map on which the pilot projects are marked. © GIZ

 Last update: August 2022

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