UNRWA depends on the generous and regular contributions of governments and humanitarian organisations for its day-to-day operations. Almost all funding (i.e. 98%) received in 2009 came from voluntary contributions, mostly from donor states. Of the voluntary contributions, about 5.6 per cent came from non-governmental organisations, the private sector and individuals.
In the last few years, the Agency has been forced to cut back on its basic services, programmes and projects. Financial contributions have not increased sufficiently to keep pace with inflation and the growing refugee population. As need surpasses capacity, UNRWA has had to reduce essential services as is evident from the fact that average annual spending per refugee has fallen from about $200 in 1975 to around $110 today. Nevertheless, UNRWA’s commitment to Palestine refugees remains steady, and the Agency will continue to serve them until a just solution regarding the question of the Palestine refugees is reached.
In this document, UNRWA presents a range of its small-scale needs for Palestine refugees in Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the West Bank. A detailed outline for each of the activities mentioned can be provided upon request.