Contribution to UNRWA's General Fund 2016

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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.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Territoire palestinien occupé
Aide humanitaire & RRC
Enseignement primaire
Système de santé primaire
Assistance matérielle
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.

Groupes cibles

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

Effets à moyen terme

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








Principaux résultats attendus:  

  • 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.

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  


  • 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).



Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Aide humanitaire
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Organisme des Nations Unies (ONU)
  • Office de secours et de travaux des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés de Palestine dans le Proche-Orient

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs

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 Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    22’000’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    22’000’000
Phases du projet Phase 48 01.01.2023 - 31.12.2024   (Phase en cours) 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)