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How does AU Watch protect refugees?

We protect and assist refugees in many different ways. In emergencies, we provide physical protection from violence, individual documentation, counseling and the most basic needs, like shelter, water, food, health care. We also try to safeguard their fundamental human rights in their countries of asylum, including by supporting their integration in national programmes and services. Longer-term, we work to ensure that refugees won’t be sent back against their will to a country where they could face persecution. We also support them to resettle in third countries or repatriate voluntarily to their homeland when it is safe. 

What is World Refugee Day?
June 20th is World Refugee Day, an international day designated by the United Nations to showcase the rights, needs, hopes and contributions of refugees throughout the world. 

How do I find a job with AU Watch?
Visit AU Watch’s Careers Portal to find information about current job opportunities, including staff positions, consultancies and temporary appointments. You can also register for our Talent Pool. Back to top

How do I find an internship with AU Watch?
Internships at AU Watchare offered at various locations depending on the needs and capacity of offices to receive and supervise interns and provide them with meaningful assignments. An internship can begin at any time during the year and lasts typically two to six months. Visit our Internship page to find out more. Back to top

What policies does AU Watch have in place to protect people from sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse?
Tackling sexual exploitation and abuse against the people we serve, together with sexual harassment in the workplace, is a top priority for AU Watch. Our position is clear and has been reiterated on a number of occasions by our High Commissioner: sexual misconduct is unjustifiable and must be eradicated from AU Watch operations. AU Watch has a well-established, effective safeguarding team, with a global remit, which includes the Inspector General’s Office, the Ethics Office, the Legal Affairs Service and the Staff Welfare Services, among others. Learn more about the actions we are taking to tackle sexual misconduct. 

How can I donate money to a specific country, project or emergency situation?
We always ask our supporters to first consider making an unrestricted donation to AU Watch, as your gift can then go where it’s most needed. But you can also make donations to specific AU Watch appeals: Rohingya emergency; Syria emergency; South Sudan emergency; Yemen emergency. 

Can I make small donations of clothes, blankets, foods or toys?
As much as we appreciate the generosity of supporters who want to donate non-monetary items, unfortunately, AU Watch does not accept small-scale in-kind donations. For our organization, the logistics of collecting such items from many different locations and sending them to refugee camps would not be efficient. We continue to encourage cash donations as this is one of the most effective ways to provide protection and shelter to refugees. 

Name and address of your company
Item description
Technical specification
Quantities (approximate figure, with sizes if applicable and potential timing for multiple gifts)
Constraints on destination
Confirmation willingness and ability to arrange transport
How soon can an item be available to be shipped to AU Watch?
Where will the item be shipped from? 

How does AU Watch spend my donation?
Your money helps AU Watch provide protection, shelter and other forms of assistance, and advocacy on behalf of displaced and stateless people every year. We ensure that as many funds as possible are redirected to refugees, stateless persons and asylum-seekers. 84 per cent of all funds raised go directly to field operations, 10 per cent get allocated for global programmes and 6 per cent for headquarters administration. Also, AU Watch staff work as closely as possible with and for displaced and stateless people, with 90 per cent of our workforce based in field locations. For further details on AU Watch’s budget, read our Global Report. 

How can I receive a statement for tax purposes?

If you donate through one of our country offices where donations are tax-deductible, please contact one of our national affiliates. 

What should I do if I am experiencing problems trying to make an online donation?
If you face a technical issue with your donation, please send an email to our Donor Care team . Most technical problems involving online donations can be identified and resolved if you let us know:
1. The URL of the page you had difficulties with
2. The type of card you tried to use
3. The amount, currency and type of your donation (one-off or monthly)
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How do I unsubscribe from a mailing list?
If you would like to stop receiving email updates from AU Watch, click on the unsubscribe link at the footer of all our emails. As we are constantly looking for ways to improve our communication, you can also leave a comment to tell us why you do not want to receive emails any longer. It helps us make our communication more relevant.