69.4% deficit in funds earmarked for Syria response plan

A Syrian refugee in the informal tented settlement shows a tent just abandoned by the family that was staying in it a day after the area was flooded by rain mixing with sewage. (Photo: Flickr)
AMMAN — Jordan did not receive any foreign funding to cover the general budget item related to the Syria crisis response plan in 2021, according to a statement by the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation carried by Al-Mamlaka TV. اضافة اعلان

Around $948 million have been allocated to the response plan in 2021, but zero funds were recieved according to Al-Mamlaka TV.

Only $744 million were allocated to fund the response plan out of an estimated $2.43 billion, meeting only 30.6 percent of the actual needs, with a deficit of 69.4 percent, which amounts to $1.687 billion.

The ministry had earlier said that the budget item requires donors’ support to cover infrastructural needs in the education, health, and water sectors.

In 2020, the same budget item reached $353.5 million out of $932 million, constituting 37.9 percent of the requirements of this item. Likewise, around $393.4 million were allocated to the budget in 2019, meeting 39.4 percent of the item’s requirements.

Jordan has hosted more than 1.3 million Syrian refugees since the onset of the Syrian crisis in 2011, of which 672,952 refugees have been registered by the UNHCR, while there are more than 5 million Syrian refugees currently living in Jordan and in neighboring countries.

Last year, the plan’s funding was distributed on five main items; while $136 million or 71.2 percent were granted in support of the host countries and $538 million or 87.2 percent were allocated to support the Syrian refugees.

 Projects included in the response plan to cover COVID-19 needs received approximately $14 million in funds. However, the planning ministry had asked for $260 million, and projects aimed at improving infrastructure and institutional capacity received only $54.8 million out of $412 million that were required.

In 2020, around $1.11 billion were earmarked to fund Jordan’s response plan to the Syrian crisis; 49.4 percent of actual needs, leading to a deficit of around $1.137 billion of the annual budget.

Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Nasser Shraideh had urged the international community to stand up to its responsibilities towards host countries, especially Jordan in light of the noticeable decline in funding during the past two years. 

The 2021 budget needs for the Syria response plan was prepared in collaboration with relevant ministries and institutions as well as UN organizations, donor countries, and NGOs.

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