These issue briefs have been developed to highlight a number of UNDP’s country level flagship programmes responding to displacement. The briefs have been developed also with a specific focus on our cooperation with UNHCR and other partners on displacement.
The vision of the Regional Bureau for Arab States of UNDP is to support the sustainable eradication of extreme poverty and significant reduction of inequalities in the span of a single generation in every Arab country.
In collaboration with the Lebanese authorities, UN agencies, NGOs and international donors, UNDP is implementing a comprehensive programme to support Lebanese communities hosting Syrians and Palestinian refugees from Syria.
The conflict in Syria resulted in massive refugee crisis to neighboring countries, including Jordan. Jordan kept an open border policy, resulting in receiving a huge influx of refugees, posing enormous challenges to the country, with strong implications on the socio-economic situation in general and on municipal service delivery in particular. The spillover effects of the Syrian refugee crisis are taking a heavy toll on Jordanians, especially on the most vulnerable segments of the population in the northern part of the country, where over 600,000 Syrian refugees currently reside, swelling its total population by 11%. This crisis is exacerbating existing vulnerabilities in Jordanian communities.
This report is based on the key messages drawn from the deliberations of the Arab Governance Week which was held in Cairo on 2012, as well as background papers commissioned prior to the event and other relevant UNDP policy documents.