UNDP and the Government of Russia Support Emergency Restoration and Stabilization of Livelihoods of Affected Syrian Populations

Dec 4, 2013

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Damascus, Syria:
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Syria signed today an agreement with the Government of Russia to support the “Emergency Restoration and Stabilization of Livelihoods of Affected Syrian Populations”. The one year agreement with funding totaling US$ 2,017,000 will be financed by the government of Russia and will be implemented by UNDP Syria.

The collaboration aims to contribute to a well-coordinated livelihoods and early recovery response that provides Internally Displaced Persons and their host communities with rapid employment opportunities to enhance service delivery and rehabilitate basic community infrastructure; and create/stabilize basic livelihoods in view of supporting spontaneous recovery efforts. Special attention will be given to creating such opportunities to youth, women headed household and persons with disability.

It is expected that at least 3000 persons will be provided with short term emergency jobs over the course of minimum six months, mainly in clean up campaigns, garbage collection and disposal, and when possible, repair of some basic social infrastructure. It is also anticipated that under this output, cash injection will stimulate the rather weak local economy, contribute to stabilizing livelihoods mainly of crisis affected people including men, women and those with special needs.

Moreover, the project will support the provision of emergency support for restoration of disrupted livelihoods. Through this component, UNDP, in full collaboration with other humanitarian agencies, will contribute to responding to the urgent needs of 1200 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 could 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.

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