The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East launched a $300 million emergency appeal for Gaza, West Bank and east Jerusalem on Tuesday (Jan. 17). The requested funding will be used to address three strategic priorities for the Palestinian territories: food security, protection and emergency response capability.
UNRWA Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi said the agency “has taken concrete steps to maximise its focus on refugees’ most basic and acute needs,” resulting in lower budget requirements: This year’s request is 21 percent lower than 2011’s, which, as of Nov. 1, is only 40 percent funded.
The three strategic priorities will guide emergency appeal programs in 2012. Further, “measurable targets and indicators” were identified for each priority so that progress can be tracked throughout the year.
The strategic priorities are broken down into 11 “critical” sectors, each with its own emergency program. Allocations are as follows:
Temporary job creation program: $101.7 million
Emergency food aid: $82 milliom
Emergency cash assistance: $55.6 million
Protection: $11.2 million
Temporary shelter (Gaza): $10 million
Emergency education (Gaza): $7.8 million
Emergency health: $7.7 million
Operations support officers: $4.8 million
Community mental health: $3.9 million
Emergency water and sanitation: $3 million
Coordination and management: $12.8 million
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