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Post-London Conference Financial Tracking Report: Co-hosts’ statement

Thursday 3 November 2016

The Supporting Syria & the Region Conference co-hosts have today published a report on progress against the financial pledges made at the 2016 Syria Conference.

(L-R): Helen Clark - Head of the UNDP, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid Al-Sabah - First Deputy Prime Minister Kuwait, Filippo Grandi - UN Commissioner for Refugees, Stephen O'Brien - Chief of UN Emergency Relief, Ban Ki-moon - UN Secretary General. Picture: Adam Brown/Crown Copyright

1. At the Supporting Syria & the Region Conference in London on 4th February 2016, the international community pledged an unprecedented $12 billion for Syria and the region for 2016 and for future years – the largest amount ever raised in a single day for the humanitarian crisis.

Multilateral Development Banks and donors also announced around $41 billion in loans, with many on highly concessional terms. This funding will help to ensure that vital humanitarian aid continues to be delivered to those most in need, both inside Syria and in neighbouring countries.

2. The Conference co-hosts have today published a report on progress against these financial pledges made at the 2016 Syria Conference. This report presents a breakdown of the grants and loans committed to date, covering both humanitarian and development funding to the crisis.

Crucially, it analyses funding by recipient country and sector, so that we can see where funding is being directed in the region. It is the first of a series and the data presented will be updated and supplemented in regular reports over the coming year . These reports will help to ensure transparency and accountability across donors to the Syria crisis.

Report Findings

3. The report published today finds that:

  • A total of over US$10.8 billion in grants and loans has been committed by conference donors in 2016 so far.
  • Of the $6 billion grants pledged for this year at the London Conference, donors have currently committed $6.3billion this year. $4.7 billion has been disbursed.
  • Of the $6.1 billion grants pledged for future years, $607.9million has been committed for 2017-2020.
  • Of the $41 billion loans pledged for 2016-2020, $3.8billion loans have been committed.

4. Seven months later, this report shows that the London Conference is delivering effectively for those who need it. Excellent progress has been made. However, we cannot be complacent. Whilst some donors are delivering beyond what they committed at the Syria Conference, others are still to deliver on their full Syria Conference pledge. Overall, the UN-coordinated inter-agency appeals are only 47% funded. Co-hosts encourage all donors to step up their efforts, support the UN on stabilisation planning, and assist neighbouring countries to make critical progress on the implementation of commitments to support refugees.

5. Multi-year planning and funding will enable humanitarian agencies to plan ahead, and maintain momentum on policy commitments in the region. We want to see a significant increase in multi-year funding.

Opportunities for refugees from Syria and the region

6. This report tracks the delivery of financial pledges made at the Syria Conference. At the Conference we also agreed on ambitious goals with the refugee hosting countries of Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon, to help them expand job and education opportunities that will benefit both refugees and host communities to cope with the impact on the economy and local services. We are committed to working with partners in the region, to further develop and drive these commitments.

7. Good progress has been made in the region. For example:

  • The EU-Jordan Association Agreement’s liberalised Rules of Origin allow Jordanian exports easier access to the EU market.
  • The Jordanian government has issued more than 26,000 work permits to Syrians in the past few months and granted a 3-month extension of the grace period during which applicants have their fees waived when applying for a permit.
  • The Jordanian Government has a costed plan backed by donors to expand formal and catch-up education to all Jordanian and Syrian children this year.
  • The Government of Lebanon has developed the ambitious education plan RACE2 (Reaching all Children with Education) to get all children into education. Lebanon is opening up the space for Syrians to work in three permitted sectors (agriculture, construction and cleaning).
  • In Turkey, more than 340,000 Syrian refugee children are now in school.
  • The Facility for Refugees in Turkey is delivering. At least €500m of the €3bn Facility for Refugees in Turkey will be spent on education. So far €2.2bn of the total funding has been allocated, of which €652m has been contracted, of which €467m has been disbursed.

8. Hosting countries have shown extraordinary ambition during this crisis. Accelerated delivery is needed to ensure we reach our London Conference commitments of getting all refugee and host community children into quality education and creating at least one million jobs for Syrian refugees. In part, this will require quicker disbursement of financial pledges.

Supporting the Political Transition

9. We cannot forget the desperate situation inside Syria. We condemn in the strongest terms that conflict continues to be characterised by the large scale abuse of civilians and lack of unhindered and sustained humanitarian access to all Syrians in need.

10. The London Conference co-hosts – the UK, Germany, Kuwait, Norway and the United Nations – state our continued commitment to supporting a sustainable political solution that will bring an end to this crisis and create the conditions for Syrian refugees to return home voluntarily and safely.

Conclusion

11. All donors need to be held to account for our promises and delivering at the scale and pace needed. The report published today is a tool to do just that. It finds that donors have delivered almost 80% of pledges made for 2016. This is strong progress, and is enabling food, water, shelter, medical assistance and more to be delivered to those most in need wherever possible. However, further support is required. The report also shows that a few large donors make up a large share of all pledges and funding provided so far. The crisis is one that calls for international solidarity. We must all step up efforts to deliver on our pledges and consider what more we can do.

Download the report (PDF)

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