UNRWA works closely with a wide range of partners – from the smallest local NGOs to sister UN organisations with global mandates, each with unique resources and strengths – in order to deliver the best possible services to Palestine refugees. UNRWA also partners with companies, individuals and academic institutions.
NGOs provide UNRWA with financial support, expertise or access to networks. We tailor each partnership carefully to ensure the greatest mutual benefit by making optimal use of our partner's resources and expertise.
Islamic Relief USA
Since 1993, Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA) has worked tirelessly around the world to alleviate poverty, suffering, hunger and illiteracy. This major US charity is a long-standing partner of UNRWA in the provision of life-saving humanitarian assistance. In 2012, IRUSA contributed US$ 1 million to two programmes in Gaza: supplementary food aid for 22,000 children in UNRWA schools and emergency aid for nearly 135,000 poor and vulnerable families. As poor and vulnerable households in the Gaza Strip struggle to make ends meet, the dedication and generosity of IRUSA is critical.
Partnering with Islamic Relief's chapter in the US has opened opportunities for UNRWA to engage with Islamic Relief chapters in the UK and France, and with the umbrella organization Islamic Relief Worldwide.
World Diabetes Foundation
The World Diabetes Foundation (WDF) is a key partner of UNRWA in preventing and treating diabetes among Palestine refugees. Building on the expertise of WDF, we audited and optimized our treatments, improving diabetes care in 115 UNRWA clinics across Jordan, Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank. In addition, we held powerful awareness-raising campaigns in Gaza and the West Bank to help detect diabetes early and thus prevent complications. The WDF-UNRWA partnership shows the strong added value of cross-sector partnerships. We have already achieved concrete results, for example by training 145 health workers in the examination of diabetes-related illnesses and screening 13,886 Palestine refugees for diabetes.