One of the recommendations of the High Commissioner’s Structured Dialogue on UNHCR-IFRC-NGO Partnership was to review partners’ existing fora for consultation. A subsequent evaluation of the UNHCR-NGO Annual Consultations recommended the use of technology and social media to increase participation in the consultations by those who are unable to travel to Geneva for the event. To date, the consultations have not included a social media component, nor have they used technology in order to increase participation in the consultations or give refugees a seat at the table. This year’s Annual UNHCR-NGO Consultations will be using various social media technologies with the view to achieving the following key objectives:
- To raise the profile of the consultations and create public awareness of the work of the refugee community;
- To enable NGO staff to participate who may not otherwise be able to attend the consultations; and,
- To encourage the refugees and beneficiaries to have a voice within the consultations.