UNHCR Dialogue with Regional NGOs on the COVID-19 Response

This dialogue was co-organized by UNHCR Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) and ICVA. 60 NGOs (89 individuals) representing rights and advocacy, refugee communities themselves, humanitarian responders, UNHCR, and others joined the meeting which took place online on Thursday, 9 April. A summary note 

Advocacy for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal

In the COVID-19 context, Asylum Seekers in the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal are facing harsh response from countries in the region, with a number of boats being turned back in recent days from Malaysia, Thailand and now Bangladesh.


United Nations COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund

The United Nations COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund is a UN inter-agency fund mechanism established by the UN Secretary-General to help support low- and middle-income programme countries overcome the health and development crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and support those most vulnerable to economic hardship and social disruption.

This factsheet summarizes the scope of the Fund and governance structure - Shared Responsibility, Global Solidarity: Responding to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19. The fund is open to DAC LDC and LMIC and SIDS countries in the region that are not covered by the Global HRP and submission is being prepared by UN RC Offices with engagement from UN Country Teams.  No mechanism for NGO engagement has been specified at this stage, so any questions should be directed to the RC Office in country.


COVID-19 and Conflict in Asia


Sub-Regional Updates 


South Asia


UN Guidance/Updates


Regional Working Groups

Migrants and Refugees

Thematic Working Group - Asia & Pacific - Newsletter n.1 https://us4.campaign-archive.com/?e=&u=8f09581ce93b8dd14b6f2691c&id=fdddb3e529

Risk Communication and Community Engagement

  • COVID-19: How to include marginalized and vulnerable people in risk communication and community engagement - update incorporating some vulnerable groups that were missing in the original is on ReliefWeb. 
  • Internews bulletin on Rumour-Tracking that consists of analysis of social media rumours in 6 languages (Thai, Urdu, Indonesian, Simplified Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese) in our region
  • Translators without Borders has released a new set of language data maps to help inform effective communication in the COVID-19 response. 



This interactive webinar will help explore challenges encountered in remote management; and the role of HR in facilitating an effective remote management process including remote hiring, evaluating remote teams and promoting a desired culture in a remote environment. Register to participate: Registration – HR in Remote Management

  • The impact of Covid-19 on the rights of migrants - Tuesday, 19 May 2020 at 15:00 CEST (20:00 BKK)

ICVA, Civil Society Action Committee (AC) and the International Migrants Bill of Rights (IMBR) Initiative at Cornell University will hold this webinar to discuss the potential impacts of COVID-19 and related measures on the rights of migrants. Further information on speakers and details for this webinar will be shared soon, to pre-register email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Useful Resources

Sign up here for regular updates on important emerging research on the political, economic, and social effects of COVID-19. IFRC are facilitating a review of the latest research and analysis on knowledge, attitudes, practices, and participation in Asia Pacific.

National Humanitarian Network Pakistan

A volunteer network, founded in 2010 in result of interactive dialogue in National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) “to act as an independent and vibrant voice to engage with stakeholders throughout Pakistan for promotion of humanitarian values by influencing policies and building capacities to ensure right based humanitarian response”. 172 humanitarian organizations are members of NHN from across Pakistan and it is open for all national and local organizations engaged in humanitarian assistance or disaster management advocacy.  NHN focus on “Effective and Accountable Humanitarian Governance” – mainly in Response and Disaster Preparedness through four major areas i.e. “Coordination/networking, Advocacy, Capacity Building and Information Management”.

NHN is a key network in Pakistan which is well connected with various stakeholders and demonstrated its effectiveness to do proper advocacy and lobbying for access, space and principled response. NHN supports stakeholders in collecting and timely sharing of critical information for preparedness and response as its members are spread across Pakistan and even in hard to reach areas.

Contact Us

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