Humanitarian policy and partnerships
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
- 2021-22 total Australian ODA [budget estimate]
- $25.0 million
* Australia’s development efforts are set out in Partnerships for Recovery: Australia’s COVID-19 Development Response.
Australia works with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance and safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees, asylum seekers, stateless and internally displaced persons globally, including in the Indo-Pacific region.
There are now almost 80 million people forcibly displaced around the world due to persecution, conflict, violence or human rights violations.
In 2019-20, Australia provided $25 million in core funding to UNHCR to:
- implement COVID-19 preparedness and response activities, including increased water, sanitation and hygiene facilities in refugee camps, and provision of quarantine support and health care in high-risk displacement settings
- provide critical life-saving assistance, including water, shelter and food, to the millions of refugees and other persons who have been forced to flee their home
- protect vulnerable displaced persons, particularly women and girls from sexual exploitation and gender-based violence
- strengthen international protection for refugees and internally displaced persons, including by supporting dialogue with governments hosting and resettling refugees
- promote refugee resilience and self-reliance through livelihood support and vocational training.