UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency)

UNRWA profile

  • Overview

    The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) provides humanitarian assistance, human development, protection, and advocacy for some 5 million registered Palestinian refugees living in the West Bank, Gaza, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. The Agency’s services encompass education, health care, relief, camp infrastructure and improvement, community support, microfinance and emergency response, including in times of armed conflict. Approximately 98% of UNRWA’s funding comes from voluntary contributions made by UN member-states and generous donations from private organizations and individuals.

    Preferences in private sector partnership

    Business is a critical partner of the United Nations. Understanding the high value of UN-business partnering, we at UNRWA continuously work to foster private sector alliances in order to increase impact.

    Based on the principles of the UN Global Compact, we believe in a world where private companies play a constructive role in finding durable solutions to development challenges.

    Business partnerships range from one-off resource contributions in support of key development goals, to multi-year transformational partnership activities based on detailed coordination between the parties and resource exchange.

    Further guidelines
    1. Working_with_Business_UNRWA_flyer.pdf
    2. UNRWA Fields of Operations
    Preferred partnership types

    Advocacy of global issues; Business opportunities in low income communities/countries ; Project funding; Provision of goods; Provision of services / personnel; Standards and guidelines development

    Sustainable Development Goals

    1. No poverty; 3. Good health and well-being; 4. Quality education; 5. Gender equality; 8. Decent work and economic growth; 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure; 10. Reduced inequalities; 11. Sustainable cities and communities; 12. Responsible consumption and production; 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

    Issue areas

    Child Labour; Children's Rights; Education; Gender Equality; Human Rights; Human Trafficking; Indigenous Peoples; Peace; Persons with Disabilities; Poverty; Principle 1; Principle 2; Principle 5; Women's Empowerment; Youth

    Regions / countries / territories

    Jordan; Lebanon; State of Palestine; Syrian Arab Republic

    Type(s) of services / business sectors

    Industrial Goods & Services - Support Services; Other