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Joint evaluation of the protection of the rights of refugees during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the protection of the fundamental rights of refugees in a profound way with possible lasting impacts. Itad, in partnership with Valid Evaluations, is delivering a joint evaluation of the role of international cooperation in protecting the rights of refugees in the context of national COVID-19 responses.


In this context, international refugee cooperation has focused on sustaining existing responses while tailoring them to address the additional impact of the pandemic on the overall protection environment.

Understanding how widespread these challenges are, how effective the combined response has been, and what we can learn from innovative actions taken will be crucial to the implementation of current operations and the design of future strategies and plans.

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The aim of the evaluation

The purpose of this evaluation is to examine the effectiveness of international cooperation, and the combined response of host states, agencies and non-government and civil society organizations, in ensuring the protection of the rights of refugees during the pandemic. It will seek to identify emerging good practice, innovation and adaptation that can be shared for preparedness and application in future emergencies.

This evaluation will be carried out under the auspices of the COVID-19 Global Evaluation Coalition, an independent collaboration of evaluation units from bilateral development co-operation providers, international financial institutions, United Nations system organisations and partner countries. It is managed by the Evaluation Units of UNHCR, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Governments of Colombia, Uganda, the humanitarian system network ALNAP, and chaired by UNHCR.


Please contact Elisa Sandri ( for more information.


Image: Refugee camp in Cameroun. Credit: The Sanitation and Hygiene Fund. Shared under CC BY 2.0 license.

Team members
Elisa Sandri David Fleming Betsie Lewis – External