The year 2014 brought with it some significant achievements for UNHCR in Jordan and its ability to respond to the needs of more than 620,000 registered refugees living in and out of camps across the country. The operation’s outreach capacity was enhanced in urban areas with the opening of offices in Irbid and Mafraq. The opening of the Azraq camp in April concluded months of hard work by colleagues and partners and enhanced the ability of UNHCR to better support the Government of Jordan in providing protection and assistance to newly arriving refugees. It also ensured that essential services in Zaatari camp would not be overburdened. In Amman, the relocation of the Branch Office has significantly improved the reception and registration facilities and offers a more effective working environment for our dedicated staff.
The UNHCR Jordan cash assistance programme distributed almost USD 50 million to refugees living outside of camps, utilising data gathered from our cutting-edge biometric identity verification technology. The programme is now being commended globally for its dignifying impact on the lives of urban refugees in a uniquely cost-effective and efficient manner. The infrastructure upgrades to the Azraq and Zaatari camps, and the implementation by UNHCR and partners of over fifty five community support projects will benefit Jordanian and Syrian communities alike well into the future.