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What kind of initiatives and programs does the U.S. government fund through the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration?
For the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration's most recent breakdown of funding in support of humanitarian activities, see our  Summary of Major Activities.  The majority of this funding was programmed through international organizations and, to a lesser extent, non-profit non-governmental organizations (NGOs). A large majority of Bureau-managed funds are allocated to international organizations, such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

To fill gaps in programming, the Bureau also supports NGOs that provide relief services overseas. Many of these groups have expertise in a specific region and/or a particular service.  Among the NGOs we have recently funded are the International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, and International Medical Corps.

Are the NGOs that receive money from the Bureau obligated to follow any guidelines?
Yes. The Bureau funds projects that align with the Bureau's mission to provide protection and life-sustaining relief (such as food, water, sanitation, education and medical care) to refugees and victims of conflict.

For more details, consult the General NGO Guidelines for Overseas Assistance.


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