Supporting the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in international displacement contexts

Project description

Title: Support to UNHCR in facilitating the operationalisation of the Global Compact on Refugees in the humanitarian-development-peace nexus
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Global
Lead executing agency: Mauritania: Ministry of the Interior and Decentralization (MIDEC), Mexico: Secretariat for Home Affairs (Secretaría de Gobernación, SEGOB), Uganda: Office of the Prime Minister (OPM); Ministry for Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD), Kenya: Ministry of Energy (MoE), Ethiopia: Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy (MoWIE), Rwanda: Ministry in Charge of Emergency Management (MINEMA), Sudan: Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MoFEP)
Overall term: 2018 to 2025

Refugees and members of host communities in Uganda work together to improve access to energy © GIZ/ Megan Taeuber


According to data published by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), there were around 82.4 million forcibly displaced people worldwide at the end of 2020. In 2018, the UN General Assembly adopted the Global Compact on Refugees in response to the challenges presented by migration and forced displacement. By signing the Global Compact, the member states pledged to fully respect the human rights of refugees and migrants. They also committed to supporting those countries affected by large movements of refugees. UNHCR has been mandated by the UN General Assembly to implement the Global Compact along with relevant actors in order to find long-term solutions to existing crises.


UNHCR receives the support needed to implement the Global Compact on Refugees in the humanitarian-development-peace nexus in selected displacement contexts.

Children in the education sector in Mexico © GIZ Mexico


The programme supports UNHCR in implementing the Global Compact on Refugees in the fields of humanitarian aid, development and peace, and implements joint measures in selected partner countries.

In Mauritania, Mexico and Iran, the focus is on protecting refugees and migrants, while in Niger it is on improving accommodation for refugees and host families. In Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Pakistan, the programme focuses on renewable energy. Measures at the local level are mainly structural and development-oriented and aim to promote cooperation between humanitarian aid and development cooperation.

The project documents results and experience gained from measures and presents this information in a structured way, with a view to better supporting refugees. It provides experts for UNHCR’s Division of Resilience and Solutions and for the national offices of the Global Compact in Ethiopia, Mauritania, Mexico, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda. It also provides advice on implementation of the Global Compact.

Last update: January 2022

Pupils in Kenya working with electronic devices © GIZ Kenya