Only 30% of $2.4b JRP financed in 2021 — ministry

Germany, US top donors

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A general view of the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan. (Photo: Flickr)
AMMAN — Only $744 million of Jordan’s $2.432 billion Response Plan to the Syrian Crisis (JRP) was made available by the international donors in 2021, according to Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation’s figures.اضافة اعلان

The Federal Republic of Germany was the largest financier of the plan, with $179 million, followed by the US ($173 million), multilateral funds ($71 million), and EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis “Madad” ($50 million).

Kuwait ranked sixth globally and first in the Arab world on the list of donors to the response plan, with about $32.7 million, followed by the UK with $32.5 million, Luxembourg with $30.5 million, and Canada with $23 million.

With only 30.6 percent of the plan’s total amount financed, the deficit now stands at $1.687 billion, or 69.4 percent of the total needed, a breakdown of last year’s figures reveals.

The amount secured was used to support refugees ($538 million out of $617 million needed), host communities ($136 million out of $192 million needed), and infrastructure and institutional capacity-building ($55 million out of $412 million needed). While a new item, response to the COVID-19 pandemic, received a meager $14 million out of $261 million envisaged in the plan.

The “state’s treasury support” item received zero financing in 2021 while the target was $948 million, according to the data.

The sub-areas of spending of the total amount collected were as follows: healthcare ($126 million), economic empowerment ($260 million), education ($47 million), social protection and justice ($272 million, public services ($13 million), shelter ($13 million), and sanitation services ($13 million).

The volume of funding for Jordan’s Response Plan for the Syrian Crisis in 2021 amounted to $744.4 million, 3.6 percent short of the $2.43 billion Jordan said it needed, according to the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, which said that funding is $1.687 billion short.

Jordan has hosted more than 1.3 million Syrians since the beginning of the crisis in 2011, including 672,952 refugees registered with the UNHCR until December 31, out of more than 5 million Syrian refugees in Jordan and neighboring countries.

Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Nasser Shraideh urged the international community to assume its responsibilities towards the countries hosting Syrian refugees, specifically Jordan, in light of the noticeable decline in the volume of support provided to the Jordan Response Plan for the Syrian Crisis by donors during 2020–2021

Shraideh had asked for sufficient funding to support the plan for the year 2021, which was prepared and updated through the collaborative effort of all relevant ministries and institutions, United Nations organizations, donor countries, and non-governmental organizations, and included new changes to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2020, the volume of funding for the plan amounted to about $1.11 billion, out of the requested $2.24 billion, with a financing rate of 49.4 percent, and a deficit of about $1.137 billion out of the annual budget allocated to support Syrian refugees in Jordan.

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