UNDP, European Union Support Emergency Restoration and Stabilization of Livelihoods in Affected Syrian Communities

Jun 4, 2013

Local woman receiving her papers for cow grant. Photo: UNDP.

The United Nations Development Program and the European Union signed today an agreement to support “Emergency Restoration and Stabilization of Livelihoods in Affected Syrian Communities”. The new (duration of agreement) with funding totaling EUR 5,588,633 will be financed by the European Union and will be implemented by UNDP Syria.

The aim of the agreement is to support a well-coordinated livelihoods and early recovery response that provides IDPs and their host communities with rapid employment opportunities to enhance service delivery and rehabilitate basic community infrastructure.

The agreement will provide emergency employment for improved service delivery and restoration and repair of basic infrastructure. Through this, it is expected that at least 3,840 persons will be provided with short term emergency jobs over the course of minimum four months, mainly in clean up campaigns, garbage collection and disposal, and when possible, repair of some basic social infrastructure. Moreover, the agreement will provide emergency support for restoration of disrupted livelihoods in which UNDP in full collaboration with other humanitarian agencies, will contribute to responding to the urgent needs of 1,000 displaced families and their host families, to cope with the consequences of the crisis. Direct support will be offered to provide grants to revive small businesses and distribution of tool kits and productive assets. Vocational training will be considered as a main element in this component in order to equip the unemployed and affected persons with the necessary skills for the reconstruction and rehabilitation phase.

Furthermore, emergency support for women headed households will be provided in which 2,300 women in affected communities will be targeted for rapid cash for works schemes in addition to vocational training and start up kits. Additionally, Emergency support and rehabilitation for persons with disabilities will be provided to 2,650 individuals who will receive disability and medical aids (such as prosthetics, artificial limbs, crutches, wheelchairs, medical pillows and mattresses, among other needed items), physiotherapy sessions, vocational training and start up kits for quick income generation activities in addition to psychosocial support.

Finally, the agreement will also provide support to social cohesion and community reliance in which up to 70 Non-governmental organizations and community based organizations will be supported through capacity building to become more engaged in emergency responses with particular focus on livelihoods and early recovery initiatives that promote social cohesion and reconciliation through community based activities

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