UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency)

The Forgotten Refugees: A Case For Support

  • Overview

    In 1948, more than 700,000 Palestinians were displaced from their homes as a result of the Arab- Israeli conflict. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency was established in 1950, to provide much needed relief and emergency aid to an extremely vulnerable population, until a just and durable solution for Palestine refugees was achieved. Today, more than sixty-seven years later, UNRWA is providing essential services for the well-being, human development, and protection of some five million Palestine refugees in the Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and the West Bank. Our mission is simple; to ensure that Palestine refugees achieve their full potential, despite the increasingly difficult and complex circumstances in which they live, until a just and lasting political solution is realized.

    Why support UNRWA?
    •UNRWA is the only agency mandated to protect and promote the rights of Palestine refugees. We provide essential services and actively advocate for the respect of the rights of Palestine refugees and contribute to stability, hope, and a measure of dignity in a highly volatile region.

    •Over the last 67 years as the needs of Palestine refugees have changed and continue to grow, UNRWA has consistently been there to support this disenfranchised and isolated population, and will continue to do so, until a permanent, political solution is realized.

    •We approach our role with a profound sense of responsibility and as a result are recognised as a reliable and trusted partner by Palestine refugees, who will continue turning to us in larger numbers as the primary provider of education, health, and relief and social services.

    •UNRWA provides access to vital services to all Palestine refugees, focusing particularly on the vulnerable who need these services the most. We currently provide health care services to 3.68 million refugees. Our schools provide education to 500,000 refugee children every day, and we support 300,000 of the most vulnerable refugees with social services. Our microfinance programme has delivered 345,000 loans to support the livelihoods of refugees. Our services are provided directly to Palestine refugees through a workforce of over 30,000 staff –almost all of whom are Palestine refugees themselves.

    •UNRWA has the ability to operate in both stable and fragile contexts, protecting the rights and providing vital emergency relief to Palestine refugees in the most intense and violent conflicts including the on-going Syrian conflict
    Preferences in private sector partnership
    If you are interested in impact, empowerment, providing support to vulnerable populations, poverty alleviation, in fact many of the Sustainable Development Goals, partnering with UNRWA allows you to:
    •provide access to vital services to Palestine refugees, focusing particularly on the vulnerable who need these services the most.
    •provide health care services to 3.68 million refugees
    •educate 500,000 refugee children every day
    •support cash and food assistance to 300,000 of the most vulnerable refugees
    •deliver 345,000 loans to support the livelihoods of refugee families

    Preferred partnership types: Both unearmarked and earmarked contributions above USD 20,000 are appreciated; as well as in kind donations in line with our overall programme delivery.

    Further Information

    Preferred partnership types

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

    Sustainable Development Goals

    1. No poverty; 2. Zero hunger; 3. Good health and well-being; 4. Quality education; 5. Gender equality; 6. Clean water and sanitation; 7. Affordable and clean energy; 8. Decent work and economic growth; 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure; 10. Reduced inequalities; 11. Sustainable cities and communities; 12. Responsible consumption and production; 13. Climate action; 14. Life below water; 15. Life on land; 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

    Regions / countries / territories

    Jordan; Lebanon; State of Palestine; Syrian Arab Republic

    Issue areas

    Biodiversity; Child Labour; Children's Rights; Climate Change; Education; Energy; Food and Agriculture; Forced Labour; Gender Equality; Health; Human Rights; Human Trafficking; Indigenous Peoples; Labour; Migrant Workers; Peace; Persons with Disabilities; Poverty; Principle 1; Principle 2; Principle 3; Principle 4; Principle 5; Principle 6; Principle 7; Principle 8; Principle 9; Rule of Law; Social Enterprise; Water and Sanitation; Women's Empowerment; Youth


    Education; Food Security; Health; Logistics; Nutrition; Protection; Shelter and Non-Food Items; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

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