Refugee Response Plan Only 7 percent Funded

Only 7.3 percent of the $2.5 billion Jordan requires for its 2018-2020 Syrian refugee response plan have so far been secured, according to Jordan Response Platform for the Syria Crisis.

In total, the international community pledged $7.8 billion in grants to Syrian refugee host countries for the years 2019-2020 during the Brussels conferences and announced the facilitation of $21.2 billion in soft loans to host countries’ schools and infrastructure projects.

The total cost of the Syrian refugee crisis in the years 2011-2015 was estimated at $6.6 billion, notwithstanding $7.3 billion for JRP’s three-year project, from 2018 to 2020. Total assistance facilitated to Jordan in 2017 stood at $1.7 billion, only 65 percent of the $2.65 billion target.

The JRP is the first nationally led response of its kind, joining refugee and development responses in one comprehensive plan. Led by the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, the Jordan Response Platform for the Syria Crisis (JRPSC) is a partnership mechanism for the development of a comprehensive refugee, resilience-strengthening and development response to the impact of the Syria crisis on Jordan.

Notably, Jordan hosts 1.3 million Syrians, of whom 655,000 are registered as refugees with the United Nations. At best, the international community funded no more than 62 percent of the requirements in 2016, and 36 percent of the $3 billion that was needed in 2015, when the JRP first launched.