UNDP’s Partnership with the Russian Federation

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UNDP’s Partnership with the Russian Federation

November 22, 2021

The decade-long Syria crisis has inflicted immense suffering on the civilian population. Syrians are increasingly challenged to access basic services due to the level of infrastructure destruction left behind by the hostilities and scarce resources, also as a result of massive internal displacement.

Inside Syria, over 13.4 million Syrians are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance - a 21% increase compared to 2020 - with needs increasingly being exacerbated by economic decline. Four out of five people live in poverty, without jobs, municipal and social services, and functioning infrastructure. The living conditions of Syrians have significantly eroded, severely increasing their vulnerability and undermining ability to cope with the consequences of the crisis.

Through a resilience-based development approach, Russia-UNDP partnership is contributing to socio-economic recovery of vulnerable Syrian women and men, restoring basic and essential service delivery and infrastructure to respond to priority needs, and creating an enabling environment that promotes social cohesion and community security, and thus enhancing the resilience of affected communities.

The US$5.7 million project is being implemented over a period of 21 months (January 2020 – September 2021) in Rural Damascus, Deir ez-Zour, Ar-Raqqa, Dara’a, Quneitra, As-Sweida, Tartous, Lattakia, and Aleppo Governorates. As of September 2021, 17,212 people have directly benefited from the project.