In 2018, UNRWA was confronted with an unprecedented financial crisis and faced major challenges in securing the
resources needed to provide humanitarian assistance to Palestine refugees in Syria.
Only 22.2%, or approximately US$ 73 million of the US$ 329 million appealed for under the 2018 UNRWA Syria Regional Crisis Emergency Appeal was funded. This is a significant decrease from 2017, when the appeal was 43% funded.
In addition to emergency funding, about US$ 43.4 million was allocated under the Programme Budget in 2018, covering core programmes and activities of UNRWA in Syria.
UNRWA programmes were also supported by an additional US$ 17.5 million through project funds.