Crisis Response

Supporting Syrians and the region

After more than seven years of crisis, Syria is still experiencing destruction to almost every aspect of life and livelihoods, including massive devastation of homes, businesses, basic services and infrastructure. There is increased fighting and violence on the ground and little progress towards a political solution.

Civilians inside Syria, as well as those forced to flee and communities hosting them bear the brunt.

Since the onset of the crisis in 2011, hundreds of thousands have been killed, and today 13.1 million people in Syria are in urgent need of humanitarian support, protection and livelihoods. Over 5.6 million people have taken refuge in neighbouring countries, whose generosity is coming at great cost and where risks of instability are mounting.

Together UN agencies, funds and programmes work with donors, NGO partners, faith-based organizations and the private sector to save lives, enhance protection and build resilience in response to this protracted crisis.

What does UNDP do in Syria?

At UNDP we lead on supporting vulnerable communities through local development programmes that help build resilience as this crisis continues to threaten every aspect of well-being.

Inside Syria, in 2017 UNDP has reached over 4,647,000 people in the affected population (547,774 directly, and 4,099,970 indirectly). Implemented projects have provided 89,866 monthly jobs to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and host communities with a clear focus on vulnerable groups: 22,631 to women, including women heading households, 3,704 to people with disabilities and 49,690 to youth.

What does UNDP do in neighbouring countries?

In countries neighbouring Syria, UNDP supports highly-strained and vulnerable host communities to cope with the influx of refugees by improving infrastructure, and boosting local economic and employment opportunities. We especially focus on vulnerable groups, such as young people, those with disabilities and women.

In 2017 UNDP delivered US$ 45 million in support in Lebanon, reaching some 178 vulnerable localities and achieving results such as supporting 239 small enterprises to boost business; supporting improve access to waste and waste water management in 16 communities; and enhancing the stability and resilience of over 337,000 vulnerable Lebanese, 135,000 Syrian refugees, 28,000 Palestinian refugees from Syria, and 21,000 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

In Jordan, UNDP is supporting Governorates and municipalities to expand access to currently over-stretched social services, and to increase livelihood opportunities for vulnerable communities. In total, more than 2.7 million persons have benefitted from improved municipal infrastructure and basic services supported by UNDP, including more than 400,000 Syrian refugees.

With more than 3.5 million Syrians refugees as of April 2018, Turkey hosts the largest refugee population in the world. UNDP supports the Government of Turkey to help strengthen the resilience of refugees, host community members, local municipalities and relevant national and local institutions to cope with and recover from the impact of the large influx of Syrians.

UNDP’s development approach focuses on building resilience and ensuring that communities not only recover from the crisis but also improve the longer-term, sustainable development prospects needed to move toward a lasting peace.

UNDP is committed to providing the very best support we can to help governments and host communities in the region build resilience in the face of one of the world’s most pressing crisis. Support our programme to ensure a sustainable response to a protracted crisis.

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