Contribution to UNRWA's General Fund 2016

Progetto concluso
Old Palestinian refugee getting health services at one of UNRWA's health clincs in the oPt, 2015, ©UNRWA

The contribution to UNRWA’s 2016 General Fund (regular budget) will allow sustaining the Agency’s humanitarian and human development programmes that service over 5 Mio Palestine refugees and contribute to peace and stability in the Middle East. The key programmes in education, health, relief and social services are primarily funded from the General Fund, which has remained critically under-funded for a number of years.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Territorio palestinese occupato
Assistenza umanitaria & RRC
Primary education
Assistenza sanitaria primaria
Assistenza materiale
01.01.2016 - 31.01.2017
CHF  22’000’000

UNRWA’s temporary mandate from the General Assembly is to respond to the needs of Palestine refugees living in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the occupied Palestinian territory, until a durable and just solution is found.

Gruppi target

Palestinina Refugees living in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the occupied Palestinian territory. 

Effetti a medio termine

The outcomes are for the period 2016-18 and will be pursued through Switzerland’s AdCom/SubCom role (facilitation and steering) and providing policy and financial support to specific initiatives.

  • Strengthen the protection approach and the field interventions and increase stakeholders’ understanding of the approach.
  • Enhance Palestine refugees’ livelihood opportunities by increasing the financial services available to them and improve
  • Support efficient and effective management by ensuring that upcoming reforms (i.e. resource mobilization, new budget process, internal communication) are adequately funded and supported by stakeholders








Risultati principali attesi:  

  • Switzerland exerted strong leadership in its AdCom/Sub role and provided policy support, platforms for stakeholders’ dialogue and facilitation work - which were instrumental in supporting the reform process and the finalization of the MTS.
  • Switzerland financial support has contributed to catalyst initiatives enabling various programme (health and education) and management (resource mobilization, ERP) reforms - which have led to unmistakable improvements.

Risultati fasi precedenti:  


  • Medical services provided to 3.6 Mio refugees per year. The health reform improved quality of care, efficiency and cost effectiveness.
  • 500,000 students attended 700 schools. The education reform generated positive classroom changes.
  • 300’000 refugees supported by a social safety-net (food aid and cash). In addition, emergency assistance was quickly expanded in response to the conflicts, reaching 1.4 Mio persons.
  • Planning and decision-making greatly improved with the finalization of the Medium-Term-Strategy 2016-21 (MTS) and the launch of the Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP).
  • Resource mobilization has been particularly successful in the fundraising with Arab countries (their 2015 contribution to the General Fund increased to 7.5%) and the private sector (each dollar invested generated a return of 17 dollars).



Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Credito Aiuto umanitario
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
Organizzazione delle Nazioni Unite (ONU)
  • Agenzia delle Nazioni Unite per il soccorso e l'occupazione dei profughi palestinesi nel Vicino Oriente

Coordinamento con altri progetti e attori

Switzerland seeks and facilitates coordination, particularly with like-minded donors like US and UK and host countries.

Other donors: altogether 28 donors (Members and Observers of the Advisory Commission). The top five donors are EC, USA, UK, Sweden, and Norway.

More Details

UNRWA: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refurees in the Near East 

Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF    22’000’000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF    22’000’000
Fasi del progetto Fase 48 01.01.2023 - 31.12.2024   (Fase in corso) Fase 46 01.01.2017 - 31.12.2020   (Completed)

Fase 45 01.01.2016 - 31.01.2017   (Completed)

Fase 44 01.01.2014 - 31.12.2015   (Completed)