Syrian Arab Republic Crisis: Guide to Giving - How can you help (January 2013)


  1. Support Affected People Inside of Syria (Syria Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan - SHARP)

The Syrian Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan (SHARP) is the United Nations plan requiring over US$519 million to provide humanitarian assistance to an around four million people inside Syria who have been affected by the ongoing crisis.

Financial requirements: US$ 519,627,047

Number of people to be assisted: 4 million people across 14 governorates.

Priority needs: food assistance, shelter, water and sanitation, nutrition and emergency medical services, cash assistance, rehabilitation of critical infrastructure, basic services, and non‐food items, including mattresses and bedding, kitchen and hygiene sets, clothes, baby supplies, etc.

For information about how to contribute to the UN agencies and partners with projects in the SHARP, please contact Ms. Julie-Ann Thompson, Manager, Financial Tracking Service, OCHA, at or

For a copy of the UN appeal and project details, please visit:

  1. Support Syrian Refugees in Neighboring Countries (Syria Regional Refugee Response Plan - RRP)

The Regional Response Plan (RRP), is the United Nations plan to support refugees fleeing Syria to neighbouring countries (including to Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt). Given recent trends in arrivals of Syrian refugees with the crisis in Syria showing no signs of abating, the number of Syrian refugees may double to 1.1 million people in the coming six months. The RRP brings together the coordinated efforts of over 60 international and national agencies with UNHCR leading the overall response. Together, the agencies are appealing for US$1 billion to cover the protection and assistance needs of refugees and others affected by the Syria crisis from January to June 2013.

Financial requirements: US$ 1,044,112,554.

Number of people to be assisted: Up to 1.1 million people.

For information about how to contribute to UN agencies and partners with projects in the RRP, please contact Ms. Anne Dolan, Senior Donor Relations Officer, UNHCR, Tel: +41 22 739 7939, Fax: +41 22 739 7358, email:

For a copy of the UN appeal and project details, please visit:

  1. Support the Syria Emergency Response Fund (ERF)

Because many aid organizations (UN and NGOs) are operating under the SHARP and RRP, some donors prefer to give to a pooled fund that channels funds to these organizations according to the priority humanitarian needs on the ground. The fund responds quickly and fills gaps in priority sectors and geographical areas through a consultative and collaborative approval processes at the country level. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are eligible to apply for the fund directly. In 2012 and into 2013, the ERF disbursed over US$9.3 million to 37 projects to reach 1.3 million beneficiaries inside Syria and the neighbouring countries.

To contribute to the ERF, please contact Ms. Amani Salah, Syria ERF Manager, OCHA, Tel: Amman +962 (0) 795354227, Syria +962 (0) 968888549, email: or visit the OCHA Syria web page ( to donate online.


The United Nations urges donors to make cash rather than in-kind donations. With a cash donation you will support our efforts to provide the most effective assistance. If you can only offer in-kind contributions, please contact Ms. Isabelle de Muyser-Boucher, Chief, Logistics Support Unit, OCHA at or at +41 22 917 3290.


OCHA runs a database and website—the Financial Tracking Service (FTS)—which records all humanitarian contributions (cash and in-kind) to emergencies. It aims to give due credit and visibility to donors for their generosity, and also to show to all the running total of current funding and remaining resource gaps.

Please take a moment to send information about your contributions to or through the on-line contribution report form at with the following information:

• Donor name (country/organization)

• Name of recipient organization

• Contribution description

• Amount in US$ or original currency

FTS’ tables on line are updated daily. For the latest information about reported funding to the Syria crisis and appeals, please visit: For more information, please contact Ms. Mervat Shelbaya, Deputy Chief (, or Ms. Esty Sutyoko, Humanitarian Affairs Officer (, External Relations and Partnerships Section OCHA, New York.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit