Cooperation between IOM and UNHCR in assisting refugees in Southeast AsiaFeb. 4,2020
As international organizations that perform similar functions in assisting refugees, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have tried to cooperate with each other since establishment and were not born to fight against each other. The cooperation history has prompted the two organizations to expand their cooperation in refugee assistance missions to Southeast Asia. Through equal and independent coordination, the two organizations cooperate in issuing joint statements, sharing resources, hosting and attending conferences, and connecting various countries in the region. This kind of cooperation mode is motivated by various factors such as complementary agendas, different influence effectiveness, fair division of benefits and enabling environment. The evaluation of the cooperation mode needs to be based on both results and processes. The cooperation between the two organizations provides a path for international organizations with similar functions in participating in regional or global governance. Furthermore, the cooperation also offers ideas on how to enhance cooperation between international organizations, and on how to strengthen the capacity for global governance.
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