The new operational humanitarian landscape marked by the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the relevance of connectivity for accessing relevant information and remote assistance mechanisms by UNHCR´s persons of concern.
For the most marginalised groups like refugees with disabilities, their digital inclusion represents more than ever a gateway to efficient access to vital protection services, participation in humanitarian programming, increasing livelihood opportunities and facilitates integration.
The Innovation Service, through its Digital Access, Inclusion and Participation Programme, is committed to ensure a meaningful, safe and inclusive online engagement of particular vulnerable groups at heightened risk of exclusion.
Given the relative lack of evidence around levels of digital access and inclusion of people with disabilities in displacement contexts, nor in specific interventions that support this, the Innovation Service is including this challenge in its call to provide financial support to operations seeking to address the issue.
We’re keen to hear from operations who have invested time in thinking about this issue and are seeking to pursue a project to address such challenges. While the Expression of Interest won’t require a fleshed out proposal, it should be based on data and evidence that demonstrate the potential success of such an approach. This would include but not be limited to data related to the information and communication needs of communities, ongoing initiatives with national and local organisations in addressing such issues with hosting communities, and support of other third party organisations such as mobile operators or technology companies.
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This challenge seeks to test initiatives and solutions to address some of the specific challenges faced by people with disabilities in displacement contexts.
The intervention might address one of the following barriers faced by people with disabilities:
a) Communication challenges;
b) Lack of digital literacy;
c) Lack of opportunities to contribute;
d) High level of dependency.
Only UNHCR country operations are able to apply to the challenge and one submission is accepted per operation.
This Expression of Interest should command the support of senior management within the operation.
Funding information: up to USD 50,000; they are required to be expended by 31st December 2020.
Deadline: ongoing. You can apply anytime while funds last.
Evaluation of Expressions of Interest (EoI) will take place every 6 weeks.
For more information, please visit https://www.unhcr.org/innovation/digital-inclusion-call/