UNRWA secures enough funding to continue services

pay workers in Q1 2023

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AMMAN — UNRWA has announced that it has secured enough financial resources to continue its services and pay its workers' salaries in the first quarter of 2023, according to Al-Mamlaka TV. اضافة اعلان

UNRWA's official spokesperson, Tamara Al-Rifai, said that the UN agency has been able to mobilize enough resources to continue its services and pay its workers' salaries in the first four months of the year.

She added that the agency's resource schedule has indicated that it is expected to continue doing so until the end of July.

Budget detailsThe agency's 2023 budget amounted to $1.63 billion, including a programmatic budget of $848 million, which covers the core activities of the organization, such as health, education, relief, social services, and protection.

UNRWA has yet to announce the financial deficit for the first quarter of 2023, as it is still mobilizing resources and requesting support from countries.

UNRWA's funding shortageThe agency's Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini stated in March that UNRWA faces an annual funding shortage and has to resort to austerity and debt to keep its operations running.

Insufficient financial resources prevent the agency from upgrading and improving its operations and education in schools. Lazzarini emphasized the importance of securing the necessary resources to maintain the agency's effectiveness and relevance.

UNRWA was established in 1949 to provide humanitarian assistance and protection to registered Palestinian refugees in the agency's operational areas.

The agency operates in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Gaza, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

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