Support Platform for the

Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees (SSAR)

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The Support Platform for the Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees (SSAR)

In 2012, the Islamic Republics of Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan, with the support of UNHCR, developed the Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees to Support Voluntary Repatriation, Sustainable Reintegration and Assistance to Host Countries (SSAR).

The Strategy has served as an enabling multilateral platform for consensus-building, strengthening existing partnerships and engaging new actors. More than 60 government agencies, humanitarian and development actors, UN agencies and NGOs, have been engaged in its implementation to date. The synergies created through this multi-stakeholder approach help to ensure complementarity of responses, avoid duplication of efforts and maximize outputs.

The SSAR is owned and driven by the three Governments in the region. Partnership and collaboration between the Governments, including through the SSAR Quadripartite Steering Committee, are central to advancing regional solutions dialogue and coordination of all aspects of the SSAR.

The Strategy is aligned with the national priorities and policies of the three Governments and seeks to mobilize resources and political support for their implementation. It acknowledges that refugee protection and solutions are a collective responsibility of the international community and require a commitment to address root causes of displacement and more equitable responsibility-sharing with host countries, particularly in support of their inclusive policies and resilience-building measures (i.e. access to education, healthcare, vocational training, employment, and income generation schemes) that benefit both refugees and host communities through investments in national and local systems. This is a holistic, cross-border and solutions-oriented approach that helps to support host communities, empower refugees and returnees by building their capacity for self-reliance, and allows for a more strategic use of donor resources. Enhanced cost-effectiveness is particularly crucial in the current context of growing needs and competing refugee situations globally. A dedicated SSAR Joint Resource Mobilization Strategy and the well-established country-level Friends of Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees (FOSSAR) networks provide important platforms for outreach, consultations and advocacy with traditional and non-traditional donors and partners, coupled with arrangements to enhance operational coordination.

Meetings

20 November 2020: High-Level Consultation in the Lead-Up to the 2020 Afghanistan Conference

Key documents

April 2020
SSAR Support Platform document - A Partnership for Solidarity and Resilience
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SSAR Support Platform document - A Partnership for Solidarity and Resilience
August 2020
Afghanistan: Priority Areas of Return and Reintegration: A synopsis
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Afghanistan: Priority Areas of Return and Reintegration: A synopsis
November 2020
UNHCR Afghanistan: Priority Areas of Return and Reintegration
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UNHCR Afghanistan: Priority Areas of Return and Reintegration
October 2020
Voluntary Repatriation of Afghan Refugees - South West Asia Quarterly Update
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Voluntary Repatriation of Afghan Refugees - South West Asia Quarterly Update
August 2020
Voluntary Repatriation of Afghan Refugees - South West Asia Quarterly Update
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Voluntary Repatriation of Afghan Refugees - South West Asia Quarterly Update
April 2020
SSAR Support Platform – Concept Note
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SSAR Support Platform – Concept Note
October 2020
Inaugural Meeting of the Core Group of the Support Platform for the Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees
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Inaugural Meeting of the Core Group of the Support Platform for the Solutions
                        Strategy for Afghan Refugees
April 2020
Chairperson’s Summary of the Islamabad Refugee Summit
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Chairperson’s Summary of the Islamabad Refugee Summit
August 2020
Afghanistan: Community-based Protection Snapshot
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Afghanistan: Community-based Protection Snapshot

News & media

Skills training builds futures for refugees and Pakistanis alike

Read article 16 July 2021

UNHCR warns of imminent humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

Read article 13 July 2021

Iran policy change gives refugees access to banking services

Read article 8 June 2021

Apprentices become partners as Afghan refugee and Iranian team up

Read article 31 May 2021

Renewed commitment needed to support displaced Afghans and their hosts

Read article 31 May 2021

UNHCR calls for continued engagement and increased support for Afghanistan

Read article 27 May 2021

Government of Pakistan delivers first new biometric identity smartcards to Afghan refugees

Read article 25 May 2021

Pakistan launches ‘drive’ to issue smartcards to registered Afghan refugees

Read article 15 April 2021

120,000 refugees assisted to access Iran’s health insurance scheme

Read article 6 April 2021

UNHCR: Stabilization will require increased support for Afghanistan’s returning refugees

Read article 29 March 2021

UNHCR urges investment in Afghan displacement situation to achieve a decade of hope not despair

Read article 3 July 2020

Coronavirus – Now is not the time to forget Afghanistan and its neighbours

Read article 14 April 2020

Four decades and counting: An urgent need to rekindle hope for millions of Afghan refugees

Read article 11 February 2020

Ending the Afghan exile

Read article 16 December 2019

UNHCR urges intensified support for displaced Afghans and refugee hosting nations

Read article 13 December 2019

More support needed for refugee education in Iran

Read article 6 December 2019

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