Infographic: UNDP Building Resilience inside Syria
2016 Achievements (January - December)
More than six years into the crisis, Syria is still witnessing destruction to almost every aspect of life and livelihoods, including massive devastation of homes, businesses, basic services and infrastructure continues, leaving nearly 6.5 million internally displaced and close to 5 million refugees. More than 85% of Syrians live in poverty and at least 13.5 million are in dire need of humanitarian assistance. Most of the internally displaced are living with and are generously hosted by communities, despite the heavy burden this has placed on jobs, services, and infrastructure, and pressures on social cohesion. The country has reportedly lost nearly four decades of human development.
In its endeavour to strengthen the resilience of the Syrian people, UNDP implemented 199 local projects in 2016, that succeeded to touch the lives of 2,528,391 persons in nine Syrian governors through targeted early recovery and livelihoods rehabilitation activities in partnership with more than 45 local actors including NGOs, CBOs and FBOs. The implemented projects have provided 28,623 monthly job opportunities, which are disaggregated as a cross cutting target group, as the following: 11,937 monthly job opportunities were provided to IDPs, 7,694 to women, 6,103 to females heading households, 1,917 to people with disabilities and 15,973 To youth.
This was achieved through rehabilitation of community infrastructure and restoration of basic services using a labour-intensive approach, solid waste and debris management and quick repairs in affected Syrian governorates. It has also facilitated the revival of at least 120 businesses through productive assets replacement, start-up kits provision, vocational training, job placements, value-chain development and market restoration. UNDP’s projects have contributed to stimulating the local economy through fostering local production and prioritizing local procurement
People with disabilities, a highly vulnerable group that is expanding due to the crisis, have been a priority for inclusion in our cash-for-work, local production, and local economic recovery projects. Additionally, and among the programmes that continued throughout the crisis, the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) have served an already vulnerable population of 3,339 individuals across the country.