Chad, UNHCR Emerg. Response 2023

This contribution is a contribution to the Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan established in June 2023 in the aftermath of the outbreak of conflict in Sudan in April 2023. UNHCR’s emergency response focuses on supporting the Government of Chad to ensure access to territory to the people fleeing violence in Sudan, on providing protection and multisectorial assistance and on relocating refugees to existing camps and creating new camps at the request of the Government. 

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Forced displacement (refugees, IDP, human trafficking)
01.05.2023 - 31.12.2023
CHF  1’511’500
Background The outbreak of the violent fighting in Sudan in April 2023 has forced thousands of families to flee their homes. The new arrivals are coming from Darfur, one of the regions in Sudan that has been most affected by the violence. UNHCR has registered 192'500 new refugees arriving from Sudan (by July 3rd 2023), while the estimated number is amounting to already 230'000 refugees and 38'000 Chadian returnees, seeking safety in eastern Chad (in Ouaddaï, Sila, and Wadi Fira provinces). It is anticipated, that at least 250'000 refugees might arrive until the end of 2023. This number adds to the already hosted 410,100 Sudanese refugees, adding to the 175'000 refugees from other countries already residing in Chad and the more than 490'000 Chadians being IDPs or returnees from other countries. 
Objectives To provide a protection-centred response to the pressing needs of new arrivals, partners work to address short-term priorities in areas of first arrival, while urgently preparing to relocate arrivals to new or existing camps as soon as possible. The emergency response includes protection activities such as physical count and identification of persons with urgent specific needs through registration activities, as well as border and protection monitoring.
Target groups Refugees and Chadian returnees, fleeing from the conflict in Sudan
Medium-term outcomes
  • Strategic objective (SO) 1: Support the Government of Chad to ensure access to territory to the people fleeing violence in Sudan. 
  • Strategic objective (SO) 2: Ensure registration of new refugee and migrant arrivals and adequate identification of persons with specific needs 
  • Strategic objective (SO) 3: Provide protection and multisectoral assistance to all new arrivals, using community mobilization as cross-cutting tool 
  • Strategic objective (SO) 4: Relocate refugees to existing camps and create new camps at the request of the Government. 
Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Project partners Contract partner
Private sector
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • Swiss Private Sector
  • Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Coordination with other projects and actors Government of Chad (the Commission for National Reception and Reintegration of Refugees (CNARR)), 6 UN Agencies, 16 international NGOs.
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    1’511’500 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    1’510’247 Budget inclusive project partner CHF    214’800’000 Total project since first phase Swiss budget CHF   0 Budget inclusive project partner CHF   511’500