Compendium on Good and Innovative Practices in the Regional Response to the Syria and Iraq Crisis: Volume II launched by UNHCR-UNDP Joint Secretariat

[10 January 2018] – [Amman, Jordan]- The Compendium on Good and Innovative Practices documents how the Syria crisis is transforming the way the international community works together: innovating in crisis, collaborating, and adapting our approaches in response to the changing needs and shifting dynamics in the region.  It provides a snapshot of good and innovative practices in responding to protracted crises at the nexus where development and humanitarian activities often meet. With 52 in-depth case studies from across the sub-region (Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt and Iraq), the compendium highlights innovations and adaptations that inform current and future programme and policy design. .  This second volume has taken a particular focus on cost-effective solutions, meeting needs through collaborative design, and fostering local action.  It is a tool that innovators, change makers, and practitioners can use to advance good and innovative practice in response to prolonged crisis. The Compendium is guided by a set of good practice and innovation principles that have been developed over four years of research and collaboration with 75 UN agencies, international NGOs, businesses, and locally-led organisations. Good practice principles include: cost-effectiveness and efficiency, dynamic partnerships, sustainable benefits, Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA), and flexibility. They are applied across nine thematic areas, including accessing business markets and strengthening economies, supporting sustainable livelihoods, meeting the needs of youth, and locally-led responses. Examples of innovation in this compendium include both incremental and breakthrough initiatives that reflect new ways of working, changes in service delivery and new models that challenge standard practice, such as UNDP’s Re:coded that provides ICT training that gives displaced persons in Iraq access to global, wage-earning employment....

17 October, 3RP Partners released the 2017 Progress Report of the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) in Response to the Syria Crisis

3RP partners today released the 2017 Progress Report of the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) in Response to the Syria Crisis. The Report outlines progress in the coordinated, region-wide response of more than 240 partners, including United Nations agencies, NGOs and other international and national actors, to provide assistance and capacities to over 5.2 million Syrian refugees as well as host communities in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. The Report notes that the 3RP 2017 interagency appeal is less than 50 per cent funded as at October, which is below the level of funding provided at the same period last year. Nonetheless, partners have made significant progress in providing assistance this – for example over 2.4 million people have received food assistance and 1.9 million have benefited from cash assistance, while significant progress has been made in resilience-building activities for refugees and host...