Cash Assistance Mitigates Hardship of Palestine Refugees in Syria
31 March 2017
With the conflict entering its seventh year, the humanitarian response falls short of the growing needs of 450,000 Palestine refugees in Syria. The protracted situation has led to long-term displacement and a high unemployment rate. Families across the country struggle to make ends meet and rely heavily on humanitarian assistance.
To support the needs of Palestine refugees in Syria, UNRWA relies on generous donors to support its emergency cash assistance programme, which aims to cover the costs of housing, food and other necessary commodities. The European Commission for Humanitarian Operations (ECHO) – positioned at the top of the list of donors who responded to the UNRWA Emergency Appeal for the Syria Regional Crisis – contributes to the Agency’s first-line emergency and cash response.
During the first round of 2017, UNRWA increased the regular cash grant to US$ 96 per refugee, adding a one-time top-up assistance of US$ 32 to help Palestine refugees endure the winter. Through an effective local delivery system of banks and wire transfer companies, the Agency successfully reaches over 90 per cent of beneficiaries in every distribution round.