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Syrian Crisis Discussion Paper Series

The UNHCR-UNDP Joint Secretariat has launched a discussion paper series which tackles questions about legal and policy frameworks, economic and demographic analysis, and livelihoods and social cohesion. These are questions and issues which directly concern communities dealing with the consequences of the Syria Crisis. The series is an opportunity to discuss the issues and share insights. Each discussion paper presents an in-depth exploration of a particular issue or set of issues, supported by research and analysis.



Discussion Paper #1: Regional Trends in the Impact of the Syria Crisis on Livelihoods and Opportunities


This discussion paper – Regional Trends in the Impact of the Syria Crisis on Livelihoods and Opportunities – examines the economic impact of the crisis, the micro-economic costs in markets and livelihoods, and how the evidence about impact can inform new resilience-led strategies to generate more development and to spark growth in the midst of the refugee crisis. The author, Professor Roger Zetter, an expert on the economics of refugee crises, has drawn on his research and field experience measuring the micro-economic impact of refugees, in both this region and elsewhere. The strategies and recommendations which he sets out involve a multi-sector approach, ranging from protection to the private sector, and they aim to drive policy towards a more equitable solution for the displaced and a path that delivers more growth for the affected host countries. More

Discussion Paper #2: Regional Trends and Patterns in Social Cohesion


This discussion paper – Regional Trends and Patterns in Social Cohesion: The Impact of the Syria Crisis on the Social Structures of Countries Affected – tackles the issue of social cohesion in the regional impact of the Syria crisis. It explores how the crisis is affecting community relations and social cohesion, and how the challenges can best be addressed, so that resilience is built in host communities and social peace is strengthened. Finding answers to these questions is an essential part of delivering a successful humanitarian and resilience response, as in this way we can better plan actions and interventions to alleviate and reduce the risk of tensions and discord. Through consultations with experts and government officials, and research on recent data and experience from the field, our authors bring evidence to the debate about these questions. Their recommendations show how practical action can optimize the response for both the Syrian refugees and their host communities. More

Compendium on Good and Innovative Practices in the Regional Response to the Syria Crisis


This compendium, developed by the UNHCR-UNDP Joint Secretariat for the Regional Response to the Syria Crisis, is intended as a programming tool for international organisations to support expansion of resilience-based responses in the sub-region. It takes stock of the knowledge and experience that have accumulated since 2011 and aims both to help systematize good practices and to inform the development of a new generation of crisis response. Drawing on over one hundred stakeholder interviews from projects in six countries engaged in the response, the Compendium has distilled the innovative nature of these projects into good practices which can be scaled up and replicated, improving delivery and stimulating new ideas and further innovation. More

UNHCR – UNDP Regional Memorandum of Understanding re-signing

The United Nations Development Programme and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees renewed their memorandum of understanding at the Resilience Development Forum on 9th of November, 2015, signed by UNDP  Administrator, Ms. Helen Clark, and the High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Antonio Guterres, to continue to deepen their cooperation in working on complex challenges of stability, recovery, and development in the most effected countries in the region  caused by the Syria Crisis. More  

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