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11 Dec 2018 description

This evaluation provided information for Sida in terms of developing a further multi-year agreement with IRC for the period of 2018–2020. Given that this is the third HFA between Sida and IRC, it is also meant to provide recommendations on how the IRC/Sida collaboration could be further strengthened. In this broader sense, the evaluation explored the comparative advantage that IRC provides in terms of helping Sida to realise its humanitarian strategy.

10 Dec 2018 description


  • By the end of Q3 2018, Islahiye, Karkamış and Adıyaman camps were closed.

  • In Q3, according to TurkStat, the Turkish annual inflation rate reached a record-high 24.52% in September 2018.

  • From Q2 to Q3, the cost of the food basket in contracted shops increased by 12%, reaching 121.23 TL per person per month by the end of September 2018.

10 Dec 2018 description


  • Although over 3,000 families departed camps across Iraq in October, over 2,000 families arrived in camps – nearly half had previously been displaced.
  • Attacks in Kirkuk Governorate have resulted in new displacement.
  • IDPs lacking legal documents have been reluctant to return home over fears of arbitrary arrest in their areas of origin or while transiting.


10 Dec 2018 description
report Save the Children

Regional Overview

According to UNHCR, 5,253,800 have now fled Syria to surrounding countries in the region. 1.4 million of them fled in 2014 alone with an average of more than 3.935 people per day. In 2015 more than 617,188 Syrians fled the country, an average of more than 1,714 per day. In 2017 more than 623,374 Syrians fled the country, an average of more than 1,731 per day.

Children now make up 45% of the refugee population, meaning there are an estimated 2,354,210 refugee children in the region.

07 Dec 2018 description


The majority of those returned to Turkey are Pakistani nationals (39 percent of total). Syrians constitute 19 percent of the total number of those returned, and are followed by Algerians, Afghans and Bangladeshis.

In total, 337 Syrians have been returned to Turkey to date. 36 of them have been returned on the basis that their asylum claims were found inadmissible at 2nd instance.

07 Dec 2018 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

This overview document presents 145 safety, security and access incidents affecting aid delivery in 18 countries in Europe between January 2017 and June 2018. The report is based on incidents identified in open sources and reported by Aid in Danger partner agencies using the Security in Numbers Database (SiND). The focus is on countries where possible changing or emerging risks can be identified. The total number of reported incidents below reflects the willingness of agencies to share information. It is neither a complete count nor representative.

06 Dec 2018 description

The psychosocial impacts of being a refugee are so widespread, they have reached epidemic proportions. Unfortunately, however, mental health for Syrians and other refugees still fails to receive the same recognition or aid that physical epidemics, such as viral diseases, do. The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) is dedicated to providing continued, ongoing care to meet the long-term needs of those affected.

06 Dec 2018 description
report European Commission

On 4 December 2018, the Austrian presidency and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on the EU budget for 2019.

This paves the way for the adoption of the budget before the end of the year, if the deal is backed by member states in the Council and the EP plenary next week.

Under the agreement, the total commitments in the 2019 EU budget are set at €165.8 billion and payments at €148.2 billion. This is an increase of 3.17% in commitments and 2.37% in payments compared to 2018.

05 Dec 2018 description

Throughout the Middle East region last week, reported fatalities dropped significantly – totalling about half of what was reported at the beginning of November. This drop may be related to a dip in reported battles; however, instances of remote violence have risen at the same time. In several countries, demonstrations made up the bulk of events, mostly related to economic or political concerns. In Yemen and Syria, the battle lines have remained relatively static, while in the latter the recent peace talks in Astana have yielded uncertain results.

05 Dec 2018 description

Key Highlights

2 million people assessed for cash assistance in 2018 so far;

1.4 million found eligible.

696,792 individuals reached with cash assistance in 2018 so far, over 443,000 in September alone.

USD 17 million distributed in September 2018, USD 128 million so far in 2018.

USD 48 million - UNHCR’s winter assistance programme, 70 per cent of which is cash-based, has a funding gap of USD 48 million.

Regional Indicators

05 Dec 2018 description

90% of the active health partners reported [43/48].

68 of the sub districts reached in six governorates (Idleb, Aleppo,
Hama, Lattakia,Ar-Raqqa and Al-Hasakeh.

Over 960 K outpatient consultations provided by the health partners, showing a decrease of 7% as compared to previous month, 13% of the total provided by mobile services.

Near 987 K medical procedures provided. 10% of the total served in hard to reach areas.

Over 8,500 cases referred for specialized/secondary health care. 8% of the cases referred to Turkey.