Contribution to UNRWA's General Fund 2016

Projekt abgeschlossen
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.

Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
Besetztes Palästinensisches Gebiet
Humanitäre Hilfe & DRR
Primäre Gesundheitsversorgung
Materielle Nothilfe
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.


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

Mittelfristige Wirkungen

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








Erwartete Resultate:  

  • 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.

Resultate von früheren Phasen:  


  • 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).



Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt DEZA
Kreditbereich Humanitäre Hilfe
Projektpartner Vertragspartner
Organisation der Vereinten Nationen (UNO)
  • Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East

Koordination mit anderen Projekten und Akteuren

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 Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF    22’000’000 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF    22’000’000
Projektphasen Phase 48 01.01.2023 - 31.12.2024   (Laufende Phase) Phase 46 01.01.2017 - 31.12.2020   (Completed)

Phase 45 01.01.2016 - 31.01.2017   (Completed)

Phase 44 01.01.2014 - 31.12.2015   (Completed)