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    Welcome to UNHCR's Urban Refugee Children Innovation Challenge.

    Do you have innovative ideas for protecting urban refugee children?

    We want to hear them.

    UNHCR is looking for fresh and innovative ideas on how to work more effectively in cities to better protect urban refugee children. We are looking for ideas that are creative but realistic. We need ideas that are implementable but are not business as usual. Submitted ideas will receive direct feedback from UNHCR staff and refugee youth and possible funding up to $50,000 for the winning ideas chosen.

    As of 2017, more than half of the world’s 16.5 million refugees live in urban areas.

    That's why – with the launch of our Protecting Urban Refugee Children Challenge – we're asking: How might we better protect refugee children in cities? 

    UNHCR wants to crowdsource ideas that are in their early stages, ideas that have already shown promise, practices from other contexts, and general thoughts and lessons learned about protecting urban refugee children. We encourage you to submit one, two or even ten ideas that can support new ways of thinking around protecting urban refugee children. The Challenge process gives you the opportunity to build on your idea through feedback from UNHCR Division of Protection and Innovation team, and from refugee youth themselves. Your insight and thoughts are invaluable - so add your ideas to the Protecting Urban Refugee Children Challenge today.

    The Challenge has now ended but the winners are still innovating. Discover more about eight of the winning projects in two webinars held on the 2nd and 20th of November 2017 below.

    Protecting Urban Refugee Children: Innovation Challenge Webinars I and II

    Urbanization is a defining trend of our era. As of the end of 2016, 60% of the world’s 17.2 million refugees under UNHCR’s mandate live in urban areas, with that number expected to increase. To strengthen the resilience of children, families and communities in cities, UNHCR is developing new ways to work in urban contexts. Operations around the world are identifying new partners with whom to collaborate and new ways to actively engage the capacities of children, families and communities. Working with the Innovation Team, the Child Protection & Youth Unit at UNHCR sponsored ‘Protecting Urban Refugee Children: An Innovation Challenge’, to identify, share and improve on promising practices and generate new ideas about how to better protect urban refugee children. The Challenge inspired staff, partners, refugees and others from all over the world to share 125 fresh ideas!

    The webinars, facilitated by UNHCR Global Learning, were recorded. Please visit the links below to hear selected winners of the Child Protection Innovation Challenge present their winning ideas and discuss with the participants how these ideas could be implemented in different contexts.

    Many thanks to all those that listened in and contributed to the conversation!

    Overview of the webinars:

    • WEBINAR 1 on innovation in refugee child protection in urban settings (2 November 2017, 3pm CEST)

    • WEBINAR 2 on innovation in refugee child protection in urban settings (20 November 2017, 3pm CEST)

    For any questions about the projects presented in these webinars feel free to contact the project presenters. (Contact details show in the webinar recordings).  

    The full Urban Refugee Children Challenge report has now been published. Discover the process, lessons learned and winning ideas by downloading the report here.

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