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Master's Professional Reports Abstract

Of Crisis and Coordination: the UNHCR and UNDP in Africa

This report looks at how the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) can benefit from a developmental approach to solving African refugee crises. The gross poverty that plagues most African countries is linked to refugee flight. Impoverished host countries are unable to provide opportunities for integration into their local economies; thus, refugees often find themselves dependent on UNHCR emergency assistance for long periods of time. Also, refugees who return home face a myriad of difficulties brought on by the lack of development aid needed to rebuild countries devastated by war or natural disaster. Only through establishing a partnership with development agencies like the United Nations Development Program will the UNHCR be able to fulfill its mandate to provide durable solutions to refugee situations in Africa and around the world.

--Author's foreword.