US Gives Additional USD60M for Palestinian Refugees

The United States is adding USD60.3 million to its contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East to augment the agency’s core budget in carrying out projects in the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced June 18.

The funds will be used for health projects, the reconstruction and rehabilitation of schools, organization of afterschool programs and institution of a referral system for refugees facing gender-based violence.

UNRWA is currently facing a USD161 million funding shortfall, including USD91 million for the salaries of teachers educating 500,000 Palestinian children in refugee camps across the region.

Devex reported that the U.S. pledged USD400 million to help Palestinians in Gaza as announced by President Barack Obama on June 9.

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    Chiden, a correspondent based in Seoul, focuses on computer-assisted reporting to provide international development professionals with practical business and career information. He also contributes to the Development Newswire and the Global Development Briefing, two of the world's highest-circulation development publications.