Who we are

The          United          Nations          High Commissioner          for          Refugees (UNHCR)   is   mandated   by   the   United Nations     to     lead     and     coordinate international   action   for   the   worldwide protection      of      refugees      and      the resolution      of      refugee      problems. UNHCR’s     primary     purpose     is     to safeguard   the   rights   and   well-being   of refugees    and    the    office    works    in partnership         with         governments, regional    organizations,    international and non-governmental organizations.

What we do

UNHCR     Namibia     was     established shortly    after    independence,    at    the request      of      the      Government,      to provide       protection,       humanitarian assistance      and      finding      durable solutions    for    refugees    and    asylum seekers    in    Namibia.    In    accordance with         the         Namibia         Refugee (Recognition     and     Control)     Act     of 1999,   refugees   and   asylum   seekers are    provided    a    designated    area    as residence   which   is   called   the   Osire Refugee    settlement.    Osire    Refugee Settlement   is   situated   110   km   south- east    of    Otjiwarongo    and    250    km north-east      of      the      capital      city, Windhoek.       The       Osire       refugee settlement    was    established    in    1992 with    a    small    refugee    population    of less than 2,000 at the time.

Durable Solutions

While   UNHCR's   primary   purpose   is   to safeguard   the   rights   and   well-being   of refugees,   our   ultimate   goal   is   to   help find   durable   solutions   that   will   allow them   to   rebuild   their   lives   in   dignity and   peace.   There   are   three   solutions open   to   refugees   where   UNHCR   can help:     voluntary     repatriation;     local integration;   or   resettlement   to   a   third country     in     situations     where     it     is impossible   for   a   person   to   go   back home or remain in the host country. Voluntary     Repatriation:          UNHCR Namibia    continued    to    advocate    for voluntary   return   in   2013/14.   Following the     cessation     clause     for    Angolan refugees   in   June   2012,   UNHCR   with the   support   of   the   MHAI   assisted   29 former     Angolan     refugees,     among whom     students,     to     repatriate     to Angola   by   June   2013.   In   this   regard, information   sessions   were   conducted. Angolans   who   repatriated   received   a financial    grant,    food    package    and transport allowance.    UNHCR   Namibia   also   facilitated   the reception    and    transportation    of    28 Namibian   returnees   from   Botswana. All   returnees   were   from   the   Caprivi region   in   the   north   of   Namibia.   They were   assisted   by   the   Namibian   Red Crescent,              provided              with transportation   to   their   final   destination in   the   region   and   benefited   of   cash grant. Resettlement :   The   Namibia   operation is    successfully    increasing    efforts    to foster    resettlement    opportunities    for long   stayer   refugees   for   whom   there are      no      prospects      of      voluntary repatriation   or   local   integration   in   the country     of     asylum.     In     2013,     319 refugees        were        submitted        for resettlement,    of    which    308    persons were   from   the   DRC.   The   size   of   the population    in    need    of    resettlement was    estimated    to    be    500    refugees, among   which   UNHCR   prioritized   the most     vulnerable     cases.     Refugees who    survived    violence    and    torture, women   at   risk,   refugees   with   lack   of foreseeable         durable         solutions,
refugees   with   medical   needs   that   could   not   be   met   in Namibia   were   submitted   for   resettlement.   At   the   end   of 2013,    159    persons    departed    for    resettlement    from Namibia   out   of   which   140   were   from   DRC   and   19   from Burundi.   This   included   cases   that   were   identified   and submitted    in    2012.    The    majority    of    the    cases    were submitted to the United States, Canada and Denmark. Local   Integration:   In   June   2013,   the   Cabinet   agreed   to locally   integrate   2,400   former   Angolan   refugees   (1,742 Angolan   former   refugees   were   already   profiled   for   local integration   in   2012).   In   this   respect,   UNHCR   secured funds   for   the   issuance   of   permanent   residence   permits for     750     individuals.     However     the     administrative arrangements   were   still   to   be   implemented   at   the   end of   the   year.   According   to   the   statistics   provided   by   the MHAI,   some   154   former   Angolan   refugees   married   to Namibians opted to be integrated in Rundu.

Community participation

In   2013   the   office   provided   leadership   in   mainstreaming gender in the following ways: A     participatory     assessment     was     undertaken     in February   2013,   were   views   of   women,   men,   girls and   boys   of   concern   to   UNHCR   were   heard   and incorporated      in      the      programming      planning, budgeting,        implementation,        monitoring        and evaluation   process.   As   a   result   of   the   participatory assessment,   four   plans   of   actions   were   formulated on     the     following     themes:     Self-     Reliance     and Livelihoods, SGBV, Protection and Education. The    office    further    endeavoured    to    ensure    that consultative        meetings        through        community mobilization     and     sensitization     campaigns     were conducted   with   the   AGDM   lens.   Among   others   this included   meetings   with   girls,   boys,   women   and   men of     concerns     on     Sexual     Reproductive     Health, HIV/AIDS,    teenage    pregnancy    and    other    sectoral objectives.     Moreover     targeted     discussions     and programmes    with    persons    with    disabilities,    the elderly,    religious    leaders,    community    leaders    and other specific groupings took place. In    partnership    with    the    refugee    community,    the office   continued   its   support   to   the   group   of   Male Gender Peer Educators in the community. Protection and assistance In   close   coordination   with   the   Government   of   Namibia, UNHCR’s key areas of operation are as follows: i) Protection        (registration,        refugee        status determination,           documentation,           durable solutions), ii) Provision of food and non-food items, iii) Provision of education iv)          Provision     of     primary     health     care     services, HIV/AIDS, SRH and Nutrition v) Provision     of     water,     sanitation     and     hygiene promotion vi) Provision of community development services vii) Provision of self-reliance and livelihood activities viii) Prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse ix) Prevention    of    and    response    to    Sexual    and Gender Based Violence x) Promotion   of   women   empowerment   and   gender equality xi) Partnership       and       coordination       with       key stakeholders
UNHCR in partnership with the Ministry of Education ensures provision of education to refugee children in Osire - Osire Secondary School learners concentrating on an assignment given. UNHCR/ L.Kandjii.
Women in the Osire Refugee Settlement Commemorating the International Women’s Day with songs and dance - the day is commemorated yearly on the 8 th  of March. Promotion of gender equality and women empowerment are key programming areas.



The United Nations High

Commissioner for

Refugees (UNHCR)

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