UNDP, Government of Japan Support Emergency Employment for Rehabilitation and water sanitation Infrastructure in Homs and Aleppo

Oct 9, 2013

Internally displaced women package bedding sheets manufactured by other IDPs under the cash for work modality

Damascus, Syria: The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Syria signed today an agreement with the Government of Japan to support the “Emergency Employment for Rehabilitation and Water Sanitation Infrastructure” for Homs and Aleppo. The (duration of the agreement) with funding totaling USD$ 2 million, will be financed by the Government of Japan and will be implemented by UNDP Syria.

The project aims to strengthen the resilience of the Syrian people to cope with the effects of the protracted crisis and enable those whose livelihoods were severely disrupted to recover and rebuild their lives.

The project team will work closely with national and local authorities, community partners and civil society organizations in order to provide emergency restoration and stabilization of the livelihoods of the affected Syrian population.

Implementation of the project will be carried out mainly through a cash-for-work scheme in order to encourage local youths and affected IDPs to be employed to conduct the repairs and rehabilitation works. Employing local labor and relying on local procurement (where possible and available) is expected to stimulate the local economy and revive the local markets. It is expected that (number) of persons will be provided with short term emergency jobs over the course of minimum nine months working on water and sanitation infrastructure repairs in damaged neighborhoods as per the results of the ongoing damage assessments.

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