UNHCR in Jordan adopts quarterly aid assessment for refugees in 2024

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AMMAN — The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has implemented a new quarterly eligibility cycle starting in 2024 to determine the eligibility of refugee families for financial assistance every three months, Al-Mamlaka TV reported.اضافة اعلان

The new system aims to improve service efficiency and increase the ability to predict refugees receiving aid. The UNHCR explained in a live broadcast directed to refugees that selected families will receive assistance for a continuous period of three months divided into three installments.

UNHCR clarified that ineligibility in one quarter does not mean that the family is not eligible to receive quarterly support in subsequent quarters, and there will be a ‘reassessment’ every three months.

Furthermore, UNHCR highlighted that "Not every person classified as most in need will be eligible for quarterly assistance because it depends on the support provided to the commission," adding that assistance may continue or be discontinued depending on the support available to the commission.

The criteria for families are measured based on the information available in files, emergency updates, as well as home visits, and priority is given to families who do not have the ability to support themselves and are most in need, like widows with children under 18.

A text message will be sent during the first week of the quarter to inform the refugee of their selection for assistance, and if the message is not received, the refugee is not eligible.

Notably, the funding allocated to Jordan by UNHCR in 2024 decreased by approximately JD15 million, or 3.93 percent, amidst the UN agency's threat to suspend or reduce interventions across the Middle East and North Africa.

In January, UNHCR provided cash assistance for basic needs to more than 30,000 refugee families in host communities, and in total, a quarter of a million refugees received this support. Additionally, UNHCR provided cash assistance to about 200 refugee families with urgent needs, and to more than 250 refugees in local communities who were unable to cover their medical bills.

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