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58 recognized Palestine refugee camps dot Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
Over the years, these camps have transformed from temporary 'tent cities' into hyper-congested masses of multi-storey buildings with narrow alleys, characterized by high concentrations of poverty and extreme overcrowding. The camps are considered to be among the densest urban environments in the world, but because camp structures were built for temporary use, over the decades the buildings have become overcrowded, critically substandard and in many cases life-threatening.
Under international law, refugees have—as does everyone—the right to an adequate standard of living, including housing, without prejudice to other rights they enjoy as refugees. Launched in 2007 to address the deteriorating environments of the camps, the Infrastructure and Camp Improvement programme (ICIP) operates on the premise that the spatial and environmental conditions in which Palestine refugees live cannot be divorced from their livelihood or well-being. Consequently, ICIP adopts an integrated, comprehensive, participatory and community-driven improvement of the built environment of Palestine refugee camps, utilizing urban planning tools.
Infrastructure & Camp Improvement In Our Fields
The Infrastructure and Camp Improvement programme (ICIP) was established in Gaza to improve the living conditions of Palestine refugees through the planning, design and construction of UNRWA facilities, shelters, schools and health centres, as well as through comprehensive planning for the environmental health sector. ICIP also works on the restoration of sewerage and drainage works, water wells and wastewater...Read more
In the West Bank, the Infrastructure and Camp Improvement programme (ICIP) operates as a project, unlike in the Agency's other areas of operations.
ICIP has been able to make significant change with limited resources...Read more
Due to the ongoing armed conflict in Syria, the Infrastructure and Camp Improvement programme in the country has temporarily stopped work in the Palestine refugee camps.Read more
In Lebanon, ICIP was established in March 2010 to replace the Field Engineering & Construction Services Office (FECSO). ICIP works on a number of projects in the 12 Palestine camps throughout the country, including shelter rehabilitation, construction, maintenance, infrastructure, camp improvement and environmental health. ICIP also supports the Agency’s reconstruction of Nahr el-
The Infrastructure and Camp Improvement programme (ICIP) was introduced in Jordan in 2007 to address the substandard living conditions in Palestine refugee camps.
Jordan hosts the largest number of Palestine refugees of...Read more
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