How We Spend Funds

Info-graphic programme distribution. © 2015 UNRWA

Operating within a resource-constrained environment, and reliant on voluntary funding, UNRWA allocates its limited resources among the services we provide to Palestine refugees, prioritizing the needs of the most vulnerable.

UNRWA’s budget structure reflects the Medium Term Strategy for 2016–2021, which is based on the strategic human development priorities that UNRWA strives to achieve. Over half* of the 2016 Programme Budget of US$ 668 million is earmarked for education under the priority that ‘school-aged children complete quality, equitable and inclusive basic education’, while 17 per cent* is dedicated to ensuring that ‘refugees’ health is protected and the disease burden is reduced’.

*Figures based on biennial budget for 2016-2017 prepared in 2015

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UNRWA also provides emergency assistance to refugees affected by conflict in the Agency’s areas of operations. Emergency operations have been conducted in the West Bank and Gaza since the outbreak of the second intifada in 2000, and in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan since June 2012 as part of the Syria Regional Humanitarian Response Plan.

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Click here for a breakdown of the core programme budget.

Click here for a breakdown of our emergency appeals.