IIROSA Renews Support for Gaza Job Creation

06 March 2014


The International Islamic Relief Organization – Saudi Arabia (IIROSA) has signed an agreement with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), worth US$ 1 million, to support the Agency’s Job Creation Programme (JCP) in the Gaza Strip.

The agreement was signed by Dr. Abdullah Mohammed Habhab, Director General of Programmes and Scholarships, on behalf of the IIROSA Secretary-General. The generous donation will make it possible for 210 university graduates to receive adequate training while holding temporary positions within Gaza universities, supporting the UNRWA education programme for nine months.

Welcoming the contribution, Peter Ford, Representative of the UNRWA Commissioner-General, said: “This agreement will make hundreds of families in Gaza happy, because it creates jobs at a time when unemployment has exceeded 40 per cent. UNRWA is delighted to be renewing its cooperation with IIROSA, a valued partner in our task of supporting Palestinian refugees.” 

IIROSA, a charitable organization with headquarters in Jeddah, created in 1979 as an affiliate of the Muslim World League. IIROSA contributed US$ 1 million to UNWRA in 2008 for job creation in Gaza, allowing the Agency to generate over 1,000 short-term jobs.  IIROSA also funded the purchase of 50 generators during the conflict in Gaza from December 2008 to January 2009; most were given to schools. Earlier in 2014, IIROSA and UNRWA intensified their cooperation through a framework agreement. 

Background Information

UNRWA is confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs. As a result, the UNRWA Programme Budget, which supports the delivery of core essential services, operates with a large shortfall. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to exert all possible efforts to fully fund the Agency’s Programme Budget. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, 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 and lasting solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection and microfinance.

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Sami Mshasha
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