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UNHCR, World Bank ink agreement on data-sharing

UNHCR, World Bank ink agreement on data-sharing

Nov 05, 2017 - 13:22

KABUL (Pajhwok): UNHCR and the World Bank (WB) on Sunday signed a data-sharing agreement on refugees to strengthen the existing data collection processes.

The accord would help enhance technical capacity for a comprehensive analysis of the return process and how best to support the reintegration of returnees.

Since 2002, UNHCR has assisted over 5.2 million registered refugee returnees with cash and other assistance to meet their immediate humanitarian needs once they arrive in Afghanistan.

While some refugee returnees continue to face complex challenges, UNHCR and the World Bank are working with the Afghan government to support Afghans to reintegrate when they choose to return home.

The UNHCR representative said: “This data-sharing agreement will help to create a common understanding for better investments in the future of returning Afghans and the communities they return to.”

Fathiaa Abdalla added: “UNHCR is using data to inform projects such as our project in Mazar-i-Sharif for returnees and host communities.  It links female carpet-weaving artisans to the global market to foster their self-reliance for the future.”

Shubham Chaudhuri, World Bank country director said: “This collaboration builds on the efforts over the last year to bridge the humanitarian-development nexus here in Afghanistan.”

By combining UNHCR’s frontline humanitarian presence and data collection efforts with the World Bank’s analytic capacity, Chaudhri hoped they provide timely and evidence-based inputs to support the Kabul’s National Action Plan for the integration of returnees and internally displaced populations.