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Ministry warns of decline in services while JRP remains 17.7% funded

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The Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation on Monday released a statement warning of a decline in services if Jordan Response Plan to the Syrian Crisis remains drastically underfunded. (Photo: Jordan News)
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AMMAN — Only 17.7 percent, or $431 million, of a $2.432-billion plan to respond to the Syrian crisis, has been made available since the beginning of 2021, according to the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

The deficit in the 2021 budget of the Jordan Response Plan to the Syrian Crisis (JRP) now sits at 82.3 percent or $2.001 billion, the ministry said in a statement released on Tuesday. The statement warned that “the failure to finance the plan will negatively reflect on the quality and quantity of services provided to refugees, especially in areas of water, health, and education.

Breaking down the 2021 budget items, the ministry explained that the “Host Communities Support” component received $111 million out of $192 million needed. Similarly, the “Refugee Support” item received $304 million out of $617 million needed.

According to the 2021 JRP budget, the “Infrastructure and Institutional Capacity Building” component needed $412 million, but only $6.4 has been made available during the year. “Response to Covid-19,” a newly introduced item, received $9.9 million while the needs total $261 million, the ministry said.

In its donor breakdown of the figures, the ministry noted that the US was the JRP’s top financer with a total of $107.8 million, followed by Germany $99 million, and the EU, which provided $85 million, including $49 million in the form of projects carried out through its “Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis (Madad Fund).”

The ministry indicated that the government will continue to reach out to donors and international organizations, and to urge the international community to assume its responsibilities to provide adequate support for the JRP, in order to maintain the quality of services provided to Syrian refugees and host communities.

It stressed that Jordan will continue its humanitarian role and provide the necessary services to Syrian refugees in proportion to the available resources, and that the Kingdom will remain committed to hosting refugees until their voluntary return to their country.

The ministry’s statement pointed out that Jordan participated in the Fifth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region,” which was held earlier this year.

It said that during the event, the Kingdom explained to the whole world the size of the financial needs that must be made available to the communities hosting Syrian refugees and urged the international community to assume its responsibilities so that Jordan can continue its humanitarian role on behalf of the world.

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