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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.

11 Jan 2018 description

Jerusalem, 11 January 2018

"In the aftermath of the decision to advance over 1,000 housing units in the occupied West Bank, I reiterate that Israeli settlement construction is illegal under international law and is one of the major obstacles to peace. I urge the Israeli authorities to cease and reverse such actions.

11 Jan 2018 description

Le 11 janvier 2018, le ministre de la Coopération et de l’Action humanitaire, Romain Schneider, a signé six accords-cadres de développement avec les organisations non gouvernementales de développement (ONGD) suivantes : Action pour un monde uni, Frères des Hommes Luxembourg, Guiden a Scouten fir eng Welt, Handicap International Luxembourg, Pharmaciens sans frontières et Unity Foundation.

11 Jan 2018 description

The level of anxiety and tension has risen again in the Middle-East and all eyes are turned to Jerusalem.

I stand here within the Old City of Jerusalem to assure you - the Palestine Refugees - that UNRWA is more determined than ever to protect your rights and meet your needs. Nothing is more important to me than fulfilling that mission. It is a mandate that reflects the will of the international community and was extended by the United Nations General Assembly a year ago.

11 Jan 2018 description

“You hear my voice, you hear that sound, like thunder gonna shake your ground…'Cause I am a champion, and you're gonna hear me roar!” sing the Gaza teens at the UNRWA Asma School for Girls (A) over a patchy broadband connection to their peers in Brussels. Students from the Athenee Bruxelles School II are inspired to join in by voicing the Katy Perry pop-song lyrics. The online exchange is part of the My Voice-My School education project, which empowers Palestine refugee children by giving them a voice and an opportunity to communicate with their peers overseas.

10 Jan 2018 description

The US administration's threat to cut its funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian refugees would have disastrous consequences if carried out, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) warned today. It would punish hundreds of thousands of Palestinian children in the West Bank and Gaza, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria, who depend on the agency for their education. It would deny their parents the only social safety net that helps them to survive under occupation, or in displacement.