Financial pledges to UNRWA cover 2022 first quarter expenses

A student looks out of a window at a closed UNRWA school in Amman. (Photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN—The current financial pledges provided to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) cover the expenses of 2022 first quarter, according to the official spokesperson for the UN agency, Tamara Al-Rifai.اضافة اعلان

Rifai, who is also the director of strategic communications at UNRWA, told Al-Mamlaka TV that the agency is still working on preparing the 2022 budget “based on attempting to maintain the budget of last year.”  The program’s budget for 2020 and 2021 amounted to $806 million.

Last year, the agency faced multiple financial crises that led to tension with its workers, who threatened to stage a general strike.  UNRWA also announced that it went through an “existential threat due to an unprecedented financial crisis” and that it was targeted by “unnamed parties.”

The International Ministerial Conference to Support UNRWA, organized by Jordan and Sweden in Brussels last November, was able to obtain multi-year pledges (from two to five years) worth $614 million.  UNRWA believed that the combined pledges would be equivalent to 40 percent of The Agency’s basic budget needs for 2022.

UNRWA assists Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the occupied West Bank, and the Gaza Strip and its services include education, health care, relief, social services, infrastructure, camp improvement, protection, and microfinance.

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