UNRWA: EUR 45 million in new contributions from Germany for services to Palestine Refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the West Bank

26 March 2024
(From left) Niels Annen, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini discuss announcement of EUR 45 million in new contributions to UNRWA. © 2024 Photo by Camille Cattagnoud

AMMAN,

UNRWA welcomes an announcement by the Government of Germany that it is providing EUR 45 million in new contributions to the Agency’s work in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the West Bank.

“With these new contributions, Germany is now our top donor, something I am deeply grateful for. Germany’s solidarity with UNRWA is a proof of its commitment to contributing to the human development of Palestine Refugees, and to their right to a dignified life,” said UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini.

The new funds include EUR 15 million to support essential health and education services to Palestine Refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, and EUR 7 million for cash-for-work activities for Palestine Refugees in Lebanon, both from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). In addition, they will include EUR 23 million for emergency cash assistance to Palestine Refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria, and for general food assistance in the West Bank, from the Federal Foreign Office.

Additional support by Germany to UNRWA, namely for its operations in the Gaza Strip, will depend on the progress of an ongoing investigation by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services into allegations made by the Israeli Authorities against 12 of UNRWA’s 30,000 staff, as well as on the results and recommendations of a separate Independent Review of the Agency.

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Notes to Editors

  • Germany has been a dedicated supporter of UNRWA since 1952 and is the Agency's second largest donor globally, with a total of EUR 197 million provided in 2023.
  • In 2023, Germany was the largest donor for emergency food aid in Gaza with a total of EUR 81 million as well as the largest contributor to the Emergency Appeal for Syria, with EUR 30 million.
  • With the new contributions announced by BMZ and the Federal Foreign Office, Germany’s total support for UNRWA will reach EUR 48 million so far for 2024.
  • Germany has been a member of the UNRWA Advisory Commission since 2005.
Background Information: 

UNRWA is the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. The United Nations General Assembly established UNRWA in 1949 with a mandate to provide humanitarian assistance and protection to registered Palestine refugees in the Agency’s area of operations pending a just and lasting solution to their plight.

UNRWA operates in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, The Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. 

Tens of thousands of Palestine refugees who lost their homes and livelihoods due to the 1948 conflict continue to be displaced and in need of support, nearly 75 years on.

UNRWA helps Palestine Refugees achieve their full potential in human development through quality services it provides in education, health care, relief and social services, protection, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance, and emergency assistance. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions.

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