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UNHCR-WFP Joint Assessment of Burundian Refugees in South Kivu, DRC


With support from the UNHCR-WFP Joint Programme Excellence and Targeting Hub, UNHCR and WFP undertook a joint needs assessment for Burundian refugees in Lusenda and Mulongwe camps in South Kivu, DRC.

The assessment aimed to inform the understanding of household vulnerability and to any potential joint targeting strategy and future programme design. The assessment employed a full census of every household in the two camps, with an additional sample-based household survey that focused on supplementary themes in more depth. 

The assessment found that 94% of households to be highly vulnerable. Based on the findings, it was recommended to continue with food and non-food assistance to the entire Burundian refugee populations in Lusenda and Mulongwe camps, while also exploring opportunities to reinforce refugee resilience and self-reliance, including facilitating access to land. The full report (in French) is available here.

DRC: Joint Assessment of Burundian Refugees

UNHCR-WFP Joint Assessment of Non-Syrian Refugees in Jordan

Carried out more than one year into the COVID-19 pandemic in Jordan, the UNHCR-WFP joint mobile Essential Needs Assessment (mENA) for non-Syrian refugee population in Jordan fills a vital information gap for this population group, providing essential and timely multi-sectorial vulnerability data including on food security, negative coping strategies, monetary poverty, livelihoods, shelter and safety. The assessment is a key milestone in UNHCR and WFP’s efforts to develop a joint approach for the targeting of vulnerable non-Syrians for basic needs and food assistance.

You can read a Technical Brief outlining the assessment approach and lessons learned, in addition to the WFP Dashboard that provides a summary of the primary findings.

Technical Brief on Jordan Mobile Needs Assessment

Joint Hub mission in support of UNHCR-WFP targeting strategy for humanitarian assistance and refugee inclusion in Mauritania’s national social assistance scheme

UNHCR and WFP have been working with the Government of Mauritania and the World Bank to inform the targeting of humanitarian assistance and include refugees into two national social protection programmes ‘Tekavoul’ and ‘ElMaouna’.

A mission was undertaken to support community consultations in M’bera camp and finalize the joint targeting approach with the UNHCR, WFP, and the Government of Mauritania. Implementation of the targeting strategy and inclusion of refugees in the Tekavoul programme is has started this month, with work on communications with refugees and appeals mechanisms ongoing. More information on UNHCR and WFP’s work in collaboration with the Government of Mauritania to support the inclusion of refugees in the national social safety net can be found here

Providing a Summary of UNHCR-WFP Corporate Approaches to Livelihoods and Self-Reliance Programming

Developed by the UNHCR-WFP Joint Programme Excellence and Targeting Hub, the below four short resource documents provide an overview of UNHCR and WFP approaches to livelihoods and self-reliance programming in refugee and displacement settings.  Part one covers the key policy frameworks of both agencies, while parts two and three cover UNHCR and WFP corporate approaches, with part four listing additional UNHCR and WFP programmatic approaches.

Policy Frameworks

UNHCR Programming

WFP Programming

Additional approaches

Joint Livelihoods and Self-Reliance for Refugees in Maratane, Mozambique – A Learning Review

The Hub conducted a learning review on joint WFP, UNHCR, FAO and UN Habitat collaboration on enhancing refugee livelihoods and self-reliance in Maratane settlement in Mozambique. Alongside partners, the four agencies have been implementing a joint livelihoods for durable solutions programme for refugees in Maratane camp since 2016.

Based on a desk review, focus group discussions and key informant interviews with refugees, the host-community, government, and other stakeholders the review looked at each agencies role, some of the key successes of the joint initiatives, and some of the challenges and lessons in implementing joint self-reliance programming in refugee settings.

One Year in Action: Hub Annual Monitoring Report Summary 2020-2021

Following one year since the establishment of the UNHCR-WFP Joint Programme Excellence and Targeting Hub, the Hub has published a four-page annual monitoring report summary for 2020-2021.

The summary captures the key highlights and achievements per thematic area of Hub supported work, from the hiring of the first Hub staff in April 2020 to activities and achievement up to the end of March 2021, including examples from different country contexts.

UNHCR-WFP Joint Post Distribution Monitoring and Needs Assessment in Rwanda

The Hub provided technical support to a UNHCR-WFP Joint Post-Distribution Monitoring and Needs Assessment exercise for Refugees in Rwanda.

The assessment employed a household survey and qualitative data to monitor the effects of food and non-food cash assistance on refugees’ food security outcomes and basic needs, the impact of COVID-19 on households, and their income and livelihoods situations.

The findings show that 71 percent of camp-based refugee households in Rwanda remain highly vulnerable, measured by combining three indicators on economic vulnerability, food consumption and livelihoods resilience. The assessment also informed the development of eligibility criteria and the targeting approach for the provision of humanitarian assistance to highly vulnerable, moderately vulnerable and least vulnerable groups.

DRC Learning Review

January 2021 – From September to November 2020 The Hub conducted a learning review on UNHCR-WFP colaboration for assistance to Burundian, CAR and South Sudanese refugees in the DRC. The review consisted of a secondary data review and interviews with over 30 UNHCR and WFP staff members and looked at the different thematic areas of cooperation, capturing best practices and areas for improvements.

Cameroon Joint Appeal

September 2020 – The Hub provided support to the development of the July 2020 UNHCR-WFP Joint Donor Appeal for CAR refugees in Cameroon