Investing in Resilience
On 31 March, the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference in Response to the Syria Crisis (Kuwait III) mobilized commitments of more than USD 3.6 billion (including multi-year pledges) in support of the Syria Strategic Response Plan (SRP) and Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP). The Conference was hosted for the third year in a row by the Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.
The generous donor support comes as the security, humanitarian and development situation inside Syria continues its downward spiral. Neighboring countries continue to show significant support and solidarity – with Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, now hosting more than 3.9 million Syrian refugees between them.
The third pledging conference is a positive step confirming the international community’s understanding of the Syria situation as both a humanitarian and development crisis – with implications on what constitutes an adequate response both inside and outside of Syria.
The overall increase in pledges compared to 2014 represents a strong show of solidarity by donors toward the people Syria, Syrian refugees, and the communities and countries which are so generously hosting them. It is also a strong show of support for the 3RP strategy, which called for an expanded pool of funding - including strategic, flexible, multi-year funding from development actors - to allow greater investment in the resilience of individuals, communities and States to cope and recover from the crisis, thus helping on the transition to a longer-term, more sustainable response. The generous commitments made by the countries and organizations listed below are gratefully acknowledged.
UNDP is implementing a unique resilience Programme in Syria that supports Syrian people in their hour of need by means of employment and small business support. The programme goes way beyond humanitarian assistance in the sense that it builds resilience; it shows that Syria and Syrians do not have to rely only on humanitarian handouts for survival. The Programme is meant to decrease undesired dependencies and also incentivizes Syrians to stay in Syria and not to flee across the border. More about Resilience Programme in Syria
On 15 December 2014, the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP) was co-hosted by the Lebanese Prime Minister and the UN Deputy Secretary-General. The LCRP requirements are for USD 2.1 billion, including USD 1.4 billion for the refugee component and USD 724 million for the resilience/ stabilization component. The Government of Lebanon's requirement included in the total is USD 169 million. More about Lebanon Crisis Response Plan
In Jordan, the Jordan Response Plan (JRP) constitutes a new way of doing business. Funding architecture has been designed to facilitate aid flows and efficient implementation of the JRP. In partnership with the UN, the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation established the Jordan Resilience Fund (JRF), which is linked to the JRP as a platform to expand partnerships, reduce transaction costs and enhance accountability through joint Government, UN and Donor management. The final JRP seeks a total of USD 1.8 billion, broken down by USD 875 million for the refugee component and USD 957 million for the resilience component. The Government’s requirement is USD 654 million. More about Jordan Response Plan (JRP)
The Turkey Chapter of 3RP was launched on 19 March in Ankara by the UNRC and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in addition to a range of Government representatives. The donor community attended the event at Ambassador level. The Turkey Chapter of the 3RP foresees a total budget of USD 624 million including USD 460 million for the refugee component and USD 164 million for the resilience component. More about the Turkey Chapter of 3RP
The Egypt Chapter of the 3RP was launched on 17 February, and seeks a total of
USD 380 million to strengthen protection and support for Syrian refugees and host
communities in the areas of food, health, education, livelihood and basic needs, along with interventions to enhance outreach to the community and service delivery. It brings together a humanitarian component of USD 211 million and a resilience component of USD 169 million, as well as an area-based approach to achieve common objectives. The Government's requirements for 2015 amount to USD 190 million. More about Egypt Chapter of the 3RP
In Iraq, the 3RP seeks a total of USD 426 million, made up of USD 318 million for the refugee component and USD 108 million for the resilience component. Iraq's plan was developed in the context of ongoing major internal displacement in that country. More about 3RP in Iraq