The Netherlands donates over US$6m for West Bank and Gaza emergency

08 August 2011

Jerusalem

The Dutch government has made a donation of over US$6m in response to UNRWA’s 2011 emergency appeal for the occupied Palestinian territory.

The contribution of US$6.18m will go towards supporting UNRWA’s emergency work in the West Bank and Gaza, which aims to mitigate the effects on refugees of the deteriorating political, socio-economic and security situation there.

This year’s emergency contribution comes on top of funding for the rehousing of refugees in southern Gaza, as well as a donation of US$18.6m in support of UNRWA’s main programmes: education, health, relief, infrastructure, and microfinance.

The Dutch government was the Agency’s sixth biggest donor last year, with funds going to support the Agency’s main programmes as well as human rights education in Gaza, music teaching in Jordan, and legal aid for Palestine refugees in Lebanon.

Background Information

UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions, and financial support has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees and deepening poverty. As a result, the UNRWA General Fund, which supports core essential services and most staffing costs, operates with a large deficit. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large deficits, are funded through separate funding portals. 

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip achieve their full human development potential, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.

For more information, please contact:

Christopher Gunness
Spokesperson, Director of Advocacy & Strategic Communications
Mobile: 
+972 (0)54 240 2659
Office: 
+972 (0)2 589 0267
Sami Mshasha
Chief of Communications & Arabic Language Spokesperson
Mobile: 
+972 (0)54 216 8295
Office: 
+972 (0)2 589 0724

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