The recently established Geneva Technical Hub (GTH), co-convened by UNHCR and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC/HA), aims at supporting UNHCR’ operations in solving complex technical issues and thus at contributing to improved response and service delivery. GTH works on request from field operations to provide practical and optimized context-specific technical solutions, accompanied with sound technical guidance and tools. It also aims at improving capacities of staff, in collaboration with Swiss academia in the areas of Disaster Risk Reduction, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Shelter, Settlement Planning, Energy, Environment and Protection.
In this context, SDC/HA provides support to the GTH by enabling backstopping from Eawag.
Currently, Eawag is supporting UNHCR with the development of technical guidelines and tools in the fields of sanitation and solid waste management. Eawag will support capacity building of UNHCR staff and partners, delivering state-of-the-art expertise to its field operations. It will also be documenting lessons learnt to contribute to the wider knowledge base within UNHCR, as well as in the wider global WASH community.