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17 Jan 2018 description

17 January 2018

Not for the first time in its proud history, UNRWA faces a formidable challenge in upholding its mandate – an expression of the will of the international community - and preserving key services like education and health care for Palestine Refugees.

17 Jan 2018 description

Jerusalem, 17 January 2018

I am deeply concerned about the significant reduction in funding for UNRWA, which is critical to the provision of humanitarian assistance in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). Some 2.5 million Palestinians in this area, or about half of the population, need humanitarian aid, including 1.4 million Palestine refugees, who are among the most vulnerable groups in the oPt. The reduction is particularly worrying against the backdrop of an overall decline in humanitarian funding in the oPt in recent years.

17 Jan 2018 description

Sanyora, 35, is a divorced single mother, living with her six children and her brother at her parents’ home in Beit Lahia, north Gaza. Divorce in Gaza comes at a steep price. “I wouldn’t have had the courage to ask for a divorce without the support of my father. He gave away almost all of his savings earned as a fisherman to cede my rights and financially compensate my husband.” Divorced women are frowned upon by society, suffer from stigma and are often discriminated against in the workplace.

17 Jan 2018 description

Mauritania hosts over 2,362 urban refugees and asylumseekers and about 50,000 Malian refugees in Mbera, a camp established in 2012 in the arid south-eastern region close to the Malian border.

Despite the conclusion of a peace agreement in 2015, large-scale returns of Malian refugees are not expected due to persistent violence in northern Mali. In December alone, 104 new arrivals were registered in Mbera.

As the situation in northern Mali continues to be unstable, Mauritania struggles to cope with the growing needs of new refugees and the vulnerable host communities.

17 Jan 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


This is the report for the Cross-sectoral formative research – Knowledge, attitude and practice study, hereafter KAP Study, which was conducted by researchers from Malmö University, Sweden, on behalf of the country office of UNICEF Lebanon.

The purpose of the KAP Study is,

  • To establish a baseline for UNICEF Lebanon’s Country Programme Document for the period 2017 to 2020

17 Jan 2018 description

As at end December 2017, UN-coordinated appeals and refugee response plans within the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) required US$24.7 billion to meet the humanitarian needs of 105.1 million crisis-affected people in 38 countries. Together the appeals were funded at $13.8 billion, or 54% of requirements. Funding for the appeals in 2017 fell 46% short of requirements, with $10.9 billion outstanding.

16 Jan 2018 description

"We urge the US administration to reconsider its decision to withhold $65 million in funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian refugees. This amount represents over half the initial tranche of $125 million that would normally have been provided to UNRWA at the beginning of the year. The move will have devastating consequences for vulnerable Palestinian refugees across the Middle East, including hundreds of thousands of refugee children in the West Bank and Gaza, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria who depend on the agency for their education.

16 Jan 2018 description
report Theirworld

The UN agency that looks after more than 500,000 school students has warned that a major drop in funding would seriously hit their programmes.

Cuts in humanitarian funding for Palestinians by the United States could be “catastrophic” for the education of children scattered across the Middle East.

The warning came from the United Nations Relief Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), which educates more than 500,000 Palestinian children in 711 schools.

16 Jan 2018 description
report IRIN

The rise in man-made, protracted emergencies means millions are at risk of starving around the globe this year

It’s a difficult new year for the humanitarian system and those reliant on it: a near-record number of people are in need and yet a yawning funding gap will limit what assistance can be provided.

Read more on IRIN.

15 Jan 2018 description
report Jordan INGO Forum
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In this issue

  1. Humanitarian Overview

  2. Partners activities

  3. Mental health

  4. Winterization

    • Non Syrian refugees
  5. Juvenile justice

  6. Host community

  7. Voices from Jordan

  8. Youth recreational activity

  9. Women protection empowerment

  10. Advocacy

  11. 16 days of Activism

  12. Universal Children’s Day

15 Jan 2018 description


  • The number of Palestinians allowed to move in and out of Gaza declined by almost 50 per cent in 2017 compared with 2016.

  • High level of demolition of Palestinian structures in East Jerusalem in 2017 in contrast to significant decline in Area C.

  • 2.5 million Palestinians across the oPt in need of humanitarian assistance and protection in 2018.


15 Jan 2018 description

Of the 2.5 million people in need across the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), 1.9 million people will be targeted for humanitarian assistance in 2018. The financial requirements to deliver this assistance in 2018 will be US$539.7 million.

15 Jan 2018 description

Beit Lahia, Gaza Strip, 15 January 2018 – UN-Habitat in partnership with UN Women, Palestinian Housing Council, Aisha Association for Woman and child protection, and GGateway are creating a safe and inclusive public space in Al-Shaima’ neighbourhood in Beit Lahia city in order to improve the urban environment and the living conditions of residents, in particular children and youth.

14 Jan 2018 description

Under the PRRO 200987 WFP supports up to 88,200 targeted vulnerable refugees from Syria through the two main components of relief and livelihood/resilience-building with various activities, including: general food distribution, nutrition support to PLW, vocational trainings, capacity enhancement and access to schemes for small business start-up grants for selected refugees and host communities.

12 Jan 2018 description

GENEVA (10 January 2018) – UN human rights experts have welcomed the announcement that power cuts imposed on Gaza for the past six months were being lifted, but cautioned much more must be done to alleviate the human-caused suffering in Gaza.

On 7 January 2018, Israel began to resupply Gaza with 50 megawatts (MW) of power, which it had suspended last June at the request of the Palestinian Authority.

12 Jan 2018 description

Today, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (USG/ERC), Mark Lowcock, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon, Philippe Lazzarini, the Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon, Claudio Cordone and Head of OCHA Lebanon Nathalie Fustier, visited Burj Barajneh camp in Beirut where they witnessed firsthand the circumstances in which Palestinian and Syrian refugees are living.

12 Jan 2018 description


Today, UNHCR appealed for more resettlement places for refugees after reports of some 160 new deaths on the Mediterranean. UNHCR renewed its appeal for help in saving human lives by offering more resettlement places and other safe alternatives to protection for refugees, including through family reunification. This week alone, some 160 people were reported dead or missing in three separate incidents in the Mediterranean Sea.