Jordan and UN launch new partnership platform for refugee-hosting communities

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Syrian refugees wait at a UNHCR distribution centre in Za’atri refugee camp in Jordan. [UNHCR/J.Tanner]

The Government of Jordan launched on Tuesday in Amman a new partnership platform that will enable the United Nations Development Group and the donor community to scale up their support to national efforts to cope with the spill over effects of the Syrian crisis on human development in the kingdom, in a planned and coordinated manner.

The platform launched by Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Dr Ibrahim Saif, will serve as the main forum for national and international partners to plan and strategize support to communities severely affected by the impact of the Syrian crisis. It will also be the principal national platform for the coordination, monitoring and evaluation of support provided to host communities.

Since the outbreak of hostilities in Syria over two years ago, over 500,000 Syrians have sought refuge in Jordan, a country of 6 million people. The government estimates that a similar number has been resident in the country since before the crisis.

United Nations Resident Coordinator in Jordan, Costanza Farina, said "Now more than ever, coordination and partnership become a priority to optimize resources. We welcome and strongly support the Government's leadership in establishing this new partnership platform that ensures national ownership and sustainability, while addressing one of the most important socioeconomic development challenges for the country".

The impact of the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan has been reflected across all areas of life. Increased competition for jobs has driven wages down and increased already high unemployment rates. Housing prices have climbed rapidly. Schools are swelling with new entrants and hospitals and health centers struggling to keep up with new demand. Pressure on the scarce water resources as well as on strained municipal services is growing exponentially.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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