Who partners with UNRWA?

10 November 2011

UNRWA works closely with a broad variety of partners ranging from the smallest local NGOs to UN entities working on global mandates.

International NGOs

A broad range of international NGOs work to support the human development of Palestine refugees. With their respective areas of specialisation and particular strengths, international NGOs are valuable partners to UNRWA. For decades, UNRWA and international NGOs have identified areas of collaboration, and benefited from combining their efforts in the educational, health, relief and emergency programmes.

Examples of partners
CASPEA Foundation, Clowns Without Borders, Diakonia, Doctors without Borders, International Committee for Development of Peoples, International Islamic Relief Organisation, Lutheran World Federation, Near East Council for Churches, Premier Urgence, Red Crescent Societies, Right 2 Play, Rotary International, Save the Children.

UNRWA’s partnerships with international NGOs include joint implementation, coordination, activities in UNRWA schools, training of UNRWA staff and knowledge sharing.

Local NGOs

UNRWA’s fields of operation are rich in local NGOs. These NGOs, being firmly rooted in local communities, are important partners to UNRWA.

Examples of partners

Al Islah Charitable Society (oPt), Arab Cultural Centre (Lebanon), Juzoor Foundation for Health and Development (oPt), Lane Al Mostaqbal (Lebanon), Mezan Law Group for Human Rights (Jordan), Najdeh Association (Jordan), United Lebanon Youth Project (Lebanon).

UNRWA partners with local NGOs in programme implementation, advocacy, knowledge sharing, among others.

Private sector

UNRWA partners with private companies at the international level and locally in the Agency’s fields of operation. The private sector can make important contributions by fostering innovation, providing funding and sharing expert knowledge in a variety of fields.

UNRWA’s partnership activities with the private sector include joint implementation, funding of projects, knowledge sharing and in-kind donations.

UN organisations

Sister UN agencies working in UNRWA’s five fields of operation have been central partners to the Agency for six decades.

UNRWA is continuously exploring potential synergies of cooperation with UN-entities and seeks to promote harmonisation of UN development efforts.

UNRWA’s partnership activities with UN entities include secondment of staff, joint project implementation, coordination and knowledge sharing.

UNRWA associations

Spanish Committee for UNRWA
The committee advocates for the rights of Palestine refugees and fundraises for UNRWA’s work. It implements awareness and education activities across Spain and engages in fundraising from the public and private sector.
Spanish Committee website

American Friends of UNRWA
The association provides support for UNRWA’s work through advocacy, fundraising and education. It educates the general American public about the situation of Palestine refugees and generates awareness of UNRWA’s education, health, and social service programmes.
American Friends of UNRWA website

Italian Committee for UNRWA
Serving as the public face of UNRWA, the Italian Committee raises funds from the private sector, promote refugees’ rights and secures visibility for UNRWA beneficiaries threatened by poverty, armed conflict, abuse and exploitation.
Italian Committee website

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