WFP Jordan Country Brief, January 2019

from World Food Programme
Published on 31 Jan 2019 View Original

In Numbers

492,148 people assisted in January 2019

488,398 Syrian refugees assisted through cashbased transfers

3,750 Jordanian and Syrian benefiting from economic opportunities

USD 54.6 m six months (February - July 2019) net funding requirements

Operational Updates

• WFP held its second round of external consultations with the Government of Jordan, NGOs, UN agencies, donors and partners to present the concept note for the Country Strategic Plan 2020-2022.

• WFP continued to work closely with the National Aid Fund in support of 500 Jordanians as part of the mobile money pilot in Azraq. In coordination with iMMAP, a baseline study for the pilot was completed and shared with partners.

• In host communities, Syrian refugees in 11 out of 12 governorates continued to receive cash transfers that can be withdrawn from ATMs, food vouchers redeemable at WFP-contracted shops, or a combination of both. Monthly monitoring activities showed that 31 percent of beneficiaries redeemed their assistance as e-vouchers, 54 percent as cash, 13 percent as both, while the remaining have not redeemed their assistance yet. According to the Food Security Outcome Monitoring, dietary diversity of Syrian refugees receiving unconditional cash transfers improved. Refugees also reported higher purchasing power.

• WFP started working with new cooperating partners in camps and host communities for the implementation of its food assistance programme targeting Syrian refugees. The Norwegian Refugee Council will be WFP’s partner in Zaatari and Azraq camps; ACTED will be the partner in the northern host communities and Save the Children Jordan in the southern host communities. Partners received trainings on several topics related to financial reporting, monitoring and evaluation, field operations, escalation mechanisms and coordination. The training included dedicated sessions on gender, protection, accountability to affected populations and sexual exploitation and abuse.