Government of Egypt, United Nations and Partners Launch Major Aid Plan for Syrian Refugees in Egypt and Host Community

CAIRO (17 February 2015) – As Syria’s war heads towards a fifth year, the United Nations and partners launched a major new humanitarian and development appeal, requesting over US$8.4 billion in funds to help nearly 18 million people in Syria and across the region in 2015. Today the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) Egypt chapter is launched jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the United Nations in the capital Cairo. The Egypt appeal is addressing some of the needs of almost six million people; including an estimated 300,000 Syrian refugees (136,254 of whom are registered with UNHCR) living in the most impacted areas in Egypt, as well as the most affected communities hosting them. The government of Egypt, the United Nations, and their partners are appealing for almost US $380 million to cover both the refugee and resilience components in 2015. The crisis has exacerbated pre-existing vulnerabilities in the impacted communities and has put pressure on the local economy, especially in education and health services. “In spite of the already strained Egyptian economy and infrastructure during the last three years, the Egyptian people and government took a decision since the beginning of the refugee crisis to provide our Syrian brothers full and free access to the same public services rendered to Egyptians. The same health care, education and higher education, which are massively subsidized and are often provided virtually free of charge, ”said Ambassador Abderahman Salah, the Assistant Foreign Minister for Arab and Middle Eastern Affairs. “Consequently, Egypt has the highest enrolment rates of the Syrian refugee children with 39,314 school students and almost 14,000 university...

3RP Information Management and Monitoring & Evaluation Workshop

Venue: Istanbul Date: 18 and 19 February Participants: 3RP Inter-sector coordinators (refugee and resilience) from each country, Inter-sector IM/M&E focal person from each country, M&E/IM experts from regional agencies, including NGOs.   Background: This workshop will build on a workshop (see attached report) held on 13 October 2014 which helped to inform the preparation and planning for the 3RP 2015-16.  As we move to the implementation phase of the 3RP, attention to M&E and IM from the beginning is critical for the ability of participants to report on the achievements of the 3RP in meeting its dual objectives of providing humanitarian assistance and building resilience among individuals, communities and systems.   Objectives of the Workshop: The workshop will be based on an information-sharing model and is designed to propagate good practices, initiatives and approaches being undertaken at the country and regional level.  The workshop will examine issues both conceptually (ie: why and how we should use IM/M&E in the response) and technically (ie: what tools and methodologies are applicable and available). Consistent with the intention of the 3RP being country driven, the workshop will include reflections and existing or expected challenges at the country level to monitoring, evaluating and reporting on the implementation of the 3RP. Based on these precepts, the objectives of the Workshop will be to: Establish minimum standards or benchmarks for regional reporting, and confirm processes for reporting, including monthly (ie: output) dashboard reporting generate ideas and actions for more in-depth quarterly dashboard reporting, including but not limited to options for: resilience tracking, measurement and reporting; outcomes/impact reporting, including establishing baselines from previous appeals; financial tracking...
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