This annual report captures UNDP’s support to the Syrian people in 2019. The United Nations Development Programme has supported those in need in all 14 governorates of Syria through multisector interventions aimed at enhancing the resilience of Syrians to the crisis that has ravaged the country since 2011. The severity analysis conducted by UNDP on behalf of the Early Recovery and Livelihood sector estimated that in 2019, 8.7 million Syrians needed early recovery and livelihoods support, and that in the absence of decent, long-term jobs and livelihoods opportunities, people have resorted to harmful coping mechanisms. These men, women and children have a right to a life of dignity, peace and prosperity.
As the emerging needs of the Syrian people in 2017 continued to call for more response from all humanitarian actors, UNDP spared no effort in increasing the resilience of Syrian communities through livelihoods support, rehabilitation of community infrastructure and social inclusion, as well as economic recovery through supporting small businesses and creating employment opportunities.
As the crisis in Syria continues in its seventh year, the humanitarian community estimates that 13.5 million people in Syria are in need for various kinds of humanitarian assistance. Four out of five Syrians live in poverty and 64.7 per cent of the population live in extreme poverty.
A deep economic recession, heavily weakened national currency, sanctions, soaring food and fuel prices, and disrupted markets have contributed to extreme vulnerability of Syrians across the country. 6.5 million people are internally displaced due to the conflict. The pace of displacement remains relentless.
UNDP Syria, in partnership with other UN and humanitarian agencies, will continue to scale up its early recovery interventions to reach areas where people are most affected and in need of help. The crisis has exacerbated pre-existing levels of poverty and unemployment. To address this, UNDP has put in place a two-year country programme (2016-17) that is fully oriented toward mitigating internal and external displacement through strengthening the resilience of the most affected populations inside the country.
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