Special Hardship Case programme

1970s

The Special Hardship Case programme is established to distribute food to the neediest refugee families, concentrating on the poorest of the poor, for whom, as Commissioner-General Olof Rydbeck notes, “UNRWA is the only source for… relief.” This is later replaced by the Social Safety Net programme, which in 2013 supports nearly 300,00 Palestine refugees, or 6 per cent of the total.