Summary of publication
The conflict in Syria has created one of the biggest humanitarian crises in the world today. More than five years of civil war have left an estimated 13 million people inside Syria (5.3 million of these children) in need of humanitarian assistance, including 6.2 million who are internally displaced. A further 6 million Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries (Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt). Over 91 per cent of these reside outside of refugee camps in urban centres or informal settlements, largely in areas that were already considered poor.
The protracted nature of the Syria crisis means that short-term humanitarian assistance alone is no longer sufficient. Greater support from the international community to build resilience and self-reliance of refugees and refugee-hosting countries is needed.
This document outlines the design for a three-year $220 million package of assistance in response to the Syria crisis. Under this funding package, DFAT will develop a series of well-planned investments through to FY2018-19, which will contribute to four end-of-program outcomes:
- People in Syria affected by the crisis have increased access to quality humanitarian assistance and protection services
- People in Jordan and Lebanon affected by the crisis have increased access to quality humanitarian assistance and protection services
- Improved access to quality education systems for disadvantaged children in Jordan and Lebanon, including Syrian refugees and local populations
- Increased access to decent work and income generating opportunities in Jordan and Lebanon, including Syrian refugees and local populations.
These outcomes will be achieved by funding activities organised under three programmatic components:
- Component 1 – Humanitarian assistance and protection inside Syria
- Component 2 – Humanitarian assistance and protection in Jordan and Lebanon
- Component 3 – Improved access to quality education and livelihood opportunities in Jordan and Lebanon for refugees and local populations.