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....

UN and Partners launch plan to support over five million Syrian refugees and Countries hosting them

Amman/Geneva, 12 December 2017 – United Nations Agencies and NGO partners today released the 2018 Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP), a USD 4.4 billion plan designed to support over five million refugees from Syria and the vulnerable communities hosting them in neighbouring countries. Seven years on, the conflict in Syria continues — devastating lives and forcing millions to flee from their homes. Despite the generosity showed by neighbouring countries, most Syrian refugee families — and many in their host communities — fall below the poverty line and struggle to meet basic needs. The 3RP aims to address these challenges, bringing together the vital efforts of some 270 humanitarian and development partners, in support of national efforts, to ensure refugees and host communities receive the support they desperately need. “The conflict in Syria continues to drive the largest refugee crisis in the world,” said Amin Awad, UNHCR Director for the Middle East and North Africa Bureau and Regional Refugee Coordinator for Syria and Iraq. “While we hope that a political solution is soon on the horizon, it is vital that we continue our support to Syrian refugee families whose needs and challenges increase with every passing year in displacement,” he added. The situation for the 1.7 million Syrian refugee school-age children remains particularly worrying. “While partners have worked to enroll almost one million children already, over 40 per cent of school-age Syrian refugee children remain out of school. These children are truly becoming part of a lost generation. We must collectively do better in 2018,” Awad stressed. Since its inception four years ago, the 3RP has been at the...

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...

Press release: Lack of funding putting help for Syrian refugees and hosts at risk, as Brussels Syria Conference opens

Geneva, 4 April – As the ‘Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region’ opens, UNHCR and UNDP – on behalf of the 240 international and national partners and the host governments in the region – are extremely concerned by the current low funding levels of the response to help millions of Syrian refugees and the communities hosting them. Into the seventh year of the conflict in Syria, there are now more than 5 million Syrian refugees living in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, and many more who have made the dangerous journey to Europe and farther afield. Yet, as the world prepares to meet in Brussels, only a fraction of the funds needed to assist them has been received. The primary regional appeal and strategy – the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) for 2017 -calls for $4.63bn to continue delivering vital protection and assistance for refugees and host communities. To date – only $433m of the amount requested has been received, just 9% of what is needed. Without additional funding, all areas of assistance will be curtailed this year. Food and cash assistance will be reduced or cut by mid-year, challenging stability and security in the region. With the majority of Syrian refugees falling below national poverty lines, families will face the impossible choice of taking their children out of school, adding to the half a million children already missing out on education. Support for livelihoods and job creation programmes will be slowed – at a time when unemployment is on the rise for refugees and host communities alike. “The situation is getting...

Press release: United Nations and Partners Strengthen Commitment to Syrians and Neighbours Affected by Syria Crisis

Helsinki, 24 January – United Nations agencies and NGO partners today appealed for US$4.63 billion in new funding to continue vital work in addressing the growing needs of refugees from Syria and communities hosting them in neighbouring countries. The UN and more than 240 partners formally launched the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) for 2017 and 2018. The plan aims to assist over 4.7 million refugees from Syria and 4.4 million people hosting them in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. The funding for the 3RP is in addition to the $3.4 billion that the UN estimates will be required to address the humanitarian needs of 13.5 million people within Syria this year. Hosted by Finland, the Helsinki Conference on Supporting Syrians and the Region focuses on key humanitarian priorities: saving lives, protection, and building resilience. “The news from Syria has been heartbreaking. We’ve observed a huge increase in humanitarian need and are aware of the great burden carried by the neighbouring countries. By hosting this key event, Finland wants to highlight the vital work done by the UN and Syria’s neighbours,” Kai Mykkänen, Finland’s Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, said. “It is our joint duty to support those efforts the best we can.” The vast majority of Syrian refugees fall below the poverty line and struggle to afford essentials such as food, rent and health care. Seventy per cent of those in need are women and children. Half of refugee children are out of school. And with winter now biting, humanitarian needs are a matter of life and death. “Syrian refugees and host communities need our...

Press release: New appeal seeks continued support for Syrian refugees and countries hosting them

Amman, 5 December 2016 – With the conflict in Syria well into its sixth year and with little progress on the political front, United Nations Agencies and NGO partners today appealed for US$4.63 billion in new funding to continue vital work over the next two years. The Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) brings together more than 240 partners in a coordinated, region-wide response to assist 9.1 million people in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq – 4.7 million Syrian refugees and over 4.4 million members of the communities hosting them. Refugees have grown increasingly vulnerable – with the vast majority living below the poverty line and struggling to afford essentials such as food, rent and health care. 70% of people in need are women and children. Half of refugee children are out of school. The approaching winter makes support for refugees and the countries which host them all the more vital. “Six years into the conflict and still refugees and those who host them need our help – now more than ever,” said Amin Awad, UNHCR Director for the Middle East and North Africa Bureau and Regional Refugee Coordinator for Syria and Iraq. “The 3RP gives us the platform to help restore their dignity and hope for the future – and for that to happen, they need jobs, livelihoods, education and more importantly protection.” Now heading into its third year of programming, the 3RP has so far supported the governments of countries neighbouring Syria. As the Syria crisis continues unabated, needs continue to mount and refugees and host communities alike are facing increasing hardship. Host communities and governments need...