UNRWA: Finance:Written question - 166060

(Birmingham, Northfield)

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Asked on: 19 July 2018
Department for International Development
UNRWA: Finance
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment she has made of the effect of the funding shortfall for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees on front line services in (a) the West Bank, (b) Gaza, (c) Jordan, (d) Lebanon and (e) Syria.
Answered by: Alistair Burt
Answered on: 24 July 2018

UNRWA has a twin-track approach to addressing the funding shortfall: raising additional money from donors; and identifying those programme ‎activities which can be merged with its core activities or reviewing non-core activities which can be picked up by other providers. The UK supports UNRWA’s approach, and has increased our funding for UNRWA this year to £38.5 million so far.

Emergency Appeal activities currently being reviewed are:

1. West Bank

  • Emergency interventions such as cash for work activities, community mental health and mobile health work;

2. Gaza

  • Community mental health programmes and the job creation project;

3. Jordan & Lebanon

  • Palestinian refugees from Syria in Jordan and Lebanon will continue to receive UNRWA support, and the delivery of UNRWA’s core services are funded until late August;

4. Syria

  • UNRWA core services are currently funded until late August, and emergency services are secure until the end of 2018.

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