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Global Overview

With coronavirus now present in every country worldwide, the world’s 71 million refugees and forcibly displaced people are among the most exposed and vulnerable. For people who fled wars and persecution, the impact on their mostly hand-to-mouth existence and on their hosts has been devastating.

While no outbreaks in refugee and internally displaced camps and settlements have so far been reported, UNHCR is rapidly responding in 134 refugee-hosting countries that are reporting local transmission. Our teams around the world are preparing fast and bracing for the worst.

In order to do this, UNHCR has called for an extra $490 million as part of the UN’s revised $6.7bn appeal for COVID-19.

This will help UNHCR to further strengthen national health and sanitation systems, provide vital protection services and ramp up cash assistance for the most vulnerable.

Together with our partners, UNHCR is determined to stay the course and deliver for refugees, internally displaced, stateless people, and their hosts, and ensure their inclusion in public health responses and social safety nets.

Additional guidance documents are available in the left hand menu while country specific details on their operational pages.

For any inquiries, please contact the UNHCR Partnership Section, hqng00 @ unhcr.org.

  Highlights
The number of reported COVID-19 cases has risen to over 5.4 million worldwide, with over 340,000 deaths. The spread of COVID-19 is increasing rapidly in Africa, with the majority of countries experiencing community transmission.
26 May 2020
UNHCR issued a press release drawing attention to the struggle to survive of urban refugees as economic impact of COVID-19 worsens in East, Horn and Great Lakes of Africa.
26 May 2020
UNHCR and WHO signed a new agreement to strengthen and advance public health services for the millions of forcibly displaced people around the world.
20 May 2020
Global : Countries, areas or territories with confirmed COVID cases JSON 
216
Last updated 20 May 2020
Source - World Health Organization 
Refugee-hosting countries reporting local transmission of COVID-19 JSON 
134
Last updated 20 May 2020
Source - UNHCR Global COVID-19 Situation Report 
  Guidance Documents
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    IASC Interim Guidance on Localisation and the COVID-19 Response

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    Developed jointly by IFRC and UNICEF in collaboration with IASC Results Group 1 on Operational Response Sub-Group on Localisation
    Published: 28 May 2020 (2 days ago)
    Uploaded: 28 May 2020 (1 day ago)
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    How COVID-19 is changing the world: a statistical perspective

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    Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities, with contribution from UNHCR
    Published: 13 May 2020 (17 days ago)
    Uploaded: 15 May 2020 (14 days ago)
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    Overview of the Global Information Management, Assessment & Analysis Cell on COVID-19 (GIMAC)

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    Multi-stakeholder initiative by several UN organizations and international NGO partners
    Published: 11 May 2020 (19 days ago)
    Uploaded: 26 May 2020 (3 days ago)
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    Putting People First - UNHCR’s Accountability to Affected People and COVID-19

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    People at the Centre of UNHCR’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic
    Published: 11 May 2020 (19 days ago)
    Uploaded: 14 May 2020 (15 days ago)
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    The Impact of COVID-19 on Stateless Populations: Policy Recommendations and Good Practices

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    Developed by UNHCR
    Published: 11 May 2020 (19 days ago)
    Uploaded: 20 May 2020 (9 days ago)
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    COVID-19: Access Challenges and the Implications of Border Restrictions

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    Developed by UNHCR and IOM
    Published: 9 May 2020 (21 days ago)
    Uploaded: 20 May 2020 (9 days ago)
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    The role of the Global Compact on Refugees in the international response to the COVID-19 pandemic

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    Guidance Note
    Published: 8 May 2020 (22 days ago)
    Uploaded: 15 May 2020 (14 days ago)
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    Preparedness, prevention and control of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for refugees and migrants in non-camp settings

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    Developed by WHO
    Published: 17 April 2020 (1 month ago)
    Uploaded: 28 April 2020 (1 month ago)
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    IASC Interim Guidance on COVID-19 for Outbreak Readiness and Response Operations - Camps and Camp-like Settings

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    IASC Interim Guidance on COVID-19 for Outbreak Readiness and Response Operations - Camps and Camp-like Settings
    Published: 23 March 2020 (2 months ago)
    Uploaded: 23 March 2020 (2 months ago)
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    UNHCR Cash Assistance and COVID-19: Emerging Field Practices

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    This document is a snapshot of the many innovative field practices emerging in light of COVID-19. UNHCR preparedness and response to COVID-19 is comprehensive including cash assistance as a quick and ...
    Published: 17 April 2020 (1 month ago)
    Uploaded: 17 April 2020 (1 month ago)
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    Surviving Disasters and Supporting Recovery: A Guidebook for Microfinance Institutions

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    Surviving Disasters and Supporting Recovery: A Guidebook for Microfinance Institutions
    Published: 24 April 2020 (1 month ago)
    Uploaded: 24 April 2020 (1 month ago)
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    Livelihoods Short Guidance on COVID-19Response

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    UNHCR’sprimary objective in this crisis is to protect refugees who are exposed to COVID-19 and to protect the livelihoods of refugees during the crisis. This document provides points that could be tak...
    Published: 24 April 2020 (1 month ago)
    Uploaded: 24 April 2020 (1 month ago)
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    Savings Group Risk Mitigation, Support, and Engagement in Relation to COVID-19

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    Savings Group Risk Mitigation, Support, and Engagement in Relation to COVID-19
    Published: 24 April 2020 (1 month ago)
    Uploaded: 24 April 2020 (1 month ago)
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    Financial Inclusion Short Guidance on COVID-19 Response

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    This document is an annex to the Livelihoods Short Guidance on COVID-19 Response and is specifically addressed to UNHCR operations which have established partnerships with financial service providers ...
    Published: 24 April 2020 (1 month ago)
    Uploaded: 24 April 2020 (1 month ago)
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    MERS Guidance in Response to COVID-19

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    In this rapidly evolving context, we know it is important to continue providing updates of the latest thinking from MERS collaborators. Below are updates to the March 25 guidance on how the MERS Stand...
    Published: 12 April 2020 (1 month ago)
    Uploaded: 24 April 2020 (1 month ago)
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    COVID-19 and the world of work: Impact and policy responses

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    This note offers the ILO’s preliminary assessment concerning the possible impacts of COVID-19 on the world of work and proposes a range of policy options to mitigate these impacts and facilitate stron...
    Published: 25 March 2020 (2 months ago)
    Uploaded: 24 April 2020 (1 month ago)
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    Supporting people and companies to deal with the COVID-19 virus:Options for an immediate employment and social-policy response

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    Supporting people and companies to deal with the COVID-19 virus:Options for an immediate employment and social-policy response
    Published: 25 March 2020 (2 months ago)
    Uploaded: 24 April 2020 (1 month ago)
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    Policy Brief: The Impact of COVID-19 on Women

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    9 April 2020
    Published: 9 April 2020 (1 month ago)
    Uploaded: 20 May 2020 (9 days ago)
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    COVID-19: Case Management, GBVIMS/GBVIMS+ and the COVID-19 pandemic

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    Guidance Note
    Published: 30 March 2020 (2 months ago)
    Uploaded: 11 April 2020 (1 month ago)
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    COVID-19: Gender-based violence prevention, risk mitigation and response during COVID-19

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    Developed by UNHCR
    Published: 26 March 2020 (2 months ago)
    Uploaded: 8 April 2020 (1 month ago)
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    WHO Interim Guidance: Advice on the use of masks in the context of COVID-19

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    Advice on the use of masks in the context of COVID-19
    Published: 17 April 2020 (1 month ago)
    Uploaded: 17 April 2020 (1 month ago)
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    Guidance note on the Importation and Customs clearance of Medicines and Medical Equipment in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic (COV...

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    Guidance note on the Importation and Customs clearance of Medicines and Medical Equipment in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19)
    Published: 17 April 2020 (1 month ago)
    Uploaded: 17 April 2020 (1 month ago)
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    Guidance note on the importation of Medicines and Medical Equipment in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19)

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    Guidance note on the Importation and Customs clearance of Medicines and Medical Equipment in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19)
    Published: 17 April 2020 (1 month ago)
    Uploaded: 17 April 2020 (1 month ago)
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    WHO Interim Guidance: Rational use of personal protective equipment for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and considerations during severe shor...

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    Rational use of personal protective equipment for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and considerations during severe shortages
    Published: 17 April 2020 (1 month ago)
    Uploaded: 17 April 2020 (1 month ago)
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    IASC Interim Briefing Note on COVID-19 Outbreak Readiness and Response Operations - MHPSS

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    IASC Interim Briefing Note on COVID-19 Outbreak Readiness and Response Operations - MHPSS
    Published: 23 March 2020 (2 months ago)
    Uploaded: 23 March 2020 (2 months ago)
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    IASC Interim Briefing Note: Addressing Mental Health and Psychosocial Aspects of COVID-19 Outbreak (Chinese Traditional)

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    This briefing note summarizes key mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) considerations in relation to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The brief was last updated February 2020.
    Published: 1 March 2020 (3 months ago)
    Uploaded: 17 April 2020 (1 month ago)
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    IASC Interim Briefing Note: Addressing Mental Health and Psychosocial Aspects of COVID-19 Outbreak (Polish)

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    This briefing note summarizes key mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) considerations in relation to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The brief was last updated February 2020.
    Published: 1 March 2020 (3 months ago)
    Uploaded: 17 April 2020 (1 month ago)
  • Download

    Surviving Disasters and Supporting Recovery: A Guidebook for Microfinance Institutions

    document
    Surviving Disasters and Supporting Recovery: A Guidebook for Microfinance Institutions
    Published: 24 April 2020 (1 month ago)
    Uploaded: 24 April 2020 (1 month ago)
  • Download

    Livelihoods Short Guidance on COVID-19Response

    document
    UNHCR’sprimary objective in this crisis is to protect refugees who are exposed to COVID-19 and to protect the livelihoods of refugees during the crisis. This document provides points that could be tak...
    Published: 24 April 2020 (1 month ago)
    Uploaded: 24 April 2020 (1 month ago)
  • Download

    Savings Group Risk Mitigation, Support, and Engagement in Relation to COVID-19

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    Savings Group Risk Mitigation, Support, and Engagement in Relation to COVID-19
    Published: 24 April 2020 (1 month ago)
    Uploaded: 24 April 2020 (1 month ago)
  • Download

    Financial Inclusion Short Guidance on COVID-19 Response

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    This document is an annex to the Livelihoods Short Guidance on COVID-19 Response and is specifically addressed to UNHCR operations which have established partnerships with financial service providers ...
    Published: 24 April 2020 (1 month ago)
    Uploaded: 24 April 2020 (1 month ago)
  • Download

    MERS Guidance in Response to COVID-19

    document
    In this rapidly evolving context, we know it is important to continue providing updates of the latest thinking from MERS collaborators. Below are updates to the March 25 guidance on how the MERS Stand...
    Published: 12 April 2020 (1 month ago)
    Uploaded: 24 April 2020 (1 month ago)
  • Download

    COVID-19 and the world of work: Impact and policy responses

    document
    This note offers the ILO’s preliminary assessment concerning the possible impacts of COVID-19 on the world of work and proposes a range of policy options to mitigate these impacts and facilitate stron...
    Published: 25 March 2020 (2 months ago)
    Uploaded: 24 April 2020 (1 month ago)
  • Download

    Supporting people and companies to deal with the COVID-19 virus:Options for an immediate employment and social-policy response

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    Supporting people and companies to deal with the COVID-19 virus:Options for an immediate employment and social-policy response
    Published: 25 March 2020 (2 months ago)
    Uploaded: 24 April 2020 (1 month ago)
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    IASC Interim Briefing Note on COVID-19 Outbreak Readiness and Response Operations - MHPSS

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    IASC Interim Briefing Note on COVID-19 Outbreak Readiness and Response Operations - MHPSS
    Published: 23 March 2020 (2 months ago)
    Uploaded: 23 March 2020 (2 months ago)
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    IASC Interim Briefing Note: Addressing Mental Health and Psychosocial Aspects of COVID-19 Outbreak (Chinese Traditional)

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    This briefing note summarizes key mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) considerations in relation to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The brief was last updated February 2020.
    Published: 1 March 2020 (3 months ago)
    Uploaded: 17 April 2020 (1 month ago)
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    IASC Interim Briefing Note: Addressing Mental Health and Psychosocial Aspects of COVID-19 Outbreak (Polish)

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    This briefing note summarizes key mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) considerations in relation to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The brief was last updated February 2020.
    Published: 1 March 2020 (3 months ago)
    Uploaded: 17 April 2020 (1 month ago)
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    IASC Interim Briefing Note: Addressing Mental Health and Psychosocial Aspects of COVID-19 Outbreak (Tamil)

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    This briefing note summarizes key mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) considerations in relation to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The brief was last updated February 2020.
    Published: 1 March 2020 (3 months ago)
    Uploaded: 17 April 2020 (1 month ago)
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    IASC Interim Briefing Note: Addressing Mental Health and Psychosocial Aspects of COVID-19 Outbreak (Turkish)

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    This briefing note summarizes key mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) considerations in relation to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The brief was last updated February 2020.
    Published: 1 March 2020 (3 months ago)
    Uploaded: 17 April 2020 (1 month ago)
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    IASC Interim Briefing Note: Addressing Mental Health and Psychosocial Aspects of COVID-19 Outbreak (Dutch)

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    This briefing note summarizes key mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) considerations in relation to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The brief was last updated February 2020.
    Published: 1 March 2020 (3 months ago)
    Uploaded: 17 April 2020 (1 month ago)
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    IASC Interim Briefing Note: Addressing Mental Health and Psychosocial Aspects of COVID-19 Outbreak (Portuguese)

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    This briefing note summarizes key mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) considerations in relation to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The brief was last updated February 2020.
    Published: 1 March 2020 (3 months ago)
    Uploaded: 17 April 2020 (1 month ago)
  • Download

    IASC Interim Guidance on Localisation and the COVID-19 Response

    document
    Developed jointly by IFRC and UNICEF in collaboration with IASC Results Group 1 on Operational Response Sub-Group on Localisation
    Published: 28 May 2020 (2 days ago)
    Uploaded: 28 May 2020 (1 day ago)
  • Download

    How COVID-19 is changing the world: a statistical perspective

    document
    Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities, with contribution from UNHCR
    Published: 13 May 2020 (17 days ago)
    Uploaded: 15 May 2020 (14 days ago)
  • Download

    Overview of the Global Information Management, Assessment & Analysis Cell on COVID-19 (GIMAC)

    document
    Multi-stakeholder initiative by several UN organizations and international NGO partners
    Published: 11 May 2020 (19 days ago)
    Uploaded: 26 May 2020 (3 days ago)
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    Issue-Based Coalition (Europe and Central Asia): Key Messages and Advocacy Points on the COVID-19 outbreak.

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    Developed by Issue-based Coalition on Large Movements of People, Displacement and Resilience
    Published: 4 May 2020 (26 days ago)
    Uploaded: 20 May 2020 (9 days ago)
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    Putting People First - UNHCR’s Accountability to Affected People and COVID-19

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    People at the Centre of UNHCR’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic
    Published: 11 May 2020 (19 days ago)
    Uploaded: 14 May 2020 (15 days ago)
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    The Impact of COVID-19 on Stateless Populations: Policy Recommendations and Good Practices

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    Developed by UNHCR
    Published: 11 May 2020 (19 days ago)
    Uploaded: 20 May 2020 (9 days ago)
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    COVID-19: Access Challenges and the Implications of Border Restrictions

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    Developed by UNHCR and IOM
    Published: 9 May 2020 (21 days ago)
    Uploaded: 20 May 2020 (9 days ago)
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    The role of the Global Compact on Refugees in the international response to the COVID-19 pandemic

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    Guidance Note
    Published: 8 May 2020 (22 days ago)
    Uploaded: 15 May 2020 (14 days ago)
  • Report of the Secretary-General: Protection of civilians in armed conflict

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    Report of the Secretary-General prepared by OCHA, in consultation with relevant UN agencies.
    Published: 6 May 2020 (24 days ago)
    Uploaded: 26 May 2020 (3 days ago)
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    Practical Recommendations and Good Practice to Address Protection Concerns in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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    Practical Recommendations and Good Practice to Address Protection Concerns in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Published: 15 April 2020 (1 month ago)
    Uploaded: 15 April 2020 (1 month ago)
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    Policy Brief: The Impact of COVID-19 on Women

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    9 April 2020
    Published: 9 April 2020 (1 month ago)
    Uploaded: 20 May 2020 (9 days ago)
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    IASC: Interim Key Messages: Flexible Funding for Humanitarian Response and COVID-19

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    Developed by IASC Results Group 5 on Humanitarian Financing
    Published: 15 March 2020 (2 months ago)
    Uploaded: 8 April 2020 (1 month ago)
  • Financial requirements (2020)
     More Information
    $745,000,000
    Total appeal
    Date of Funding Data 26 May 2020 (4 days ago)
      Additional Information
    A) Global Compact on Refugees
    Pledges and good practices related to health care, water, sanitation and hygiene
    B) Global Focus - COVID-19 situation
    UNHCR's Information Hub with updates for donors and supporters
    C) IASC COVID-19 Outbreak Readiness and Response
    IASC guidance and updates
    D) Protection - CBP Community of Practice (Global)
    Community of Practices for Community-based protection and engagement
    E) Protection - CBP Tools West Africa
    Communications with Communities tools and Practices
    F) Education in COVID-19
    Resources and tools for learning
    G) WASH
    Guidance and resources on WASH activities
    I) CCCM Cluster on COVID-19
    Cluster guidance for field operations
    J) Shelter Cluster on COVID-19
    Cluster guidance for field operations
    K) Global Information Management, Assessment & Analysis Cell on COVID-19 (GIMAC)
    Humanitarian multi-stakeholder initiative by several UN organizations and international NGO partners