Evaluation of UNHCR’s Engagement with the Private Sector

Evaluation of UNHCR’s Engagement with the Private Sector

During 2019 a team of PrC researchers, together with researchers of the University of Geneva, Switzerland, will support UNHCR in their organizational learning of working with the private sector in operational partnerships in order to better address the protection, assistance and solution needs of refugees and asylum seekers, returnees and stateless people. The purpose of this project is to enhance UNHCR’s future engagements with the private sector in operational partnerships. Therefore, we will (1) review and analyse the types of engagements UNHCR has from 2014 – 2018, as well as to undertake an literature review and a benchmark exercise; both off which will surface effective practices on private sector engagement and elicit lessons learned and (2) identify core strategic pathways and opportunities for more effective private sector engagement in the future for UNHCR.

Based on 5 case studies of different engagement approaches used by UNHCR we will look at how these partnerships have improved UNHCR’s ability to deliver protection and solutions for refugees. For these studies we will travel to different countries and regions where UNHCR has field operations. The provisional case study selection list includes: Bangladesh, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Jordan, Turkey, and Uganda.