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Capacity Building

What We Do
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Helping Boost Capacity

Strengthening capacity, a core activity in the area of protection, seeks to help states meet their international legal obligations to protect refugees. Through its livelihoods programmes, UNHCR also develops capacity: it helps displaced people become self-sufficient in their places of refuge and enhances the chances of finding a durable solution for refugees.

Capacity building activities are geared towards strengthening national authorities, laws and policies to ensure the proper handling of refugee and asylum issues, the reception and care of refugees, the promotion of self-reliance of refugees and the realization of durable solutions. But the task cannot be accomplished alone. It requires a partnership framework involving host and donor governments, humanitarian assistance and developmental agencies, civil society, including NGOs, together with refugees themselves.

Promoting Refugee Protection

UNHCR is engaged in a range of activities to promote the international refugee protection system, including refugee law.


We help refugees, refugee returnees and internally displaced people tap their potential and build a platform for a better future.

Strengthening Protection Capacity

Tools and strategies to strengthen the capacity of states to receive and protect refugees. This project is now active across five continents.

Rule of Law and Transitional Justice

Respect for the rule of law and human rights forms the essence of the protection of refugees, returnees and stateless persons.




Partnerships in Protection

UNHCR works with governments and civil society in advocacy and protection system building and resettlement.