As the crisis in Syria continues in its seventh year, the humanitarian community estimates that 13.5 million people in Syria are in need for various kinds of humanitarian assistance. Four out of five Syrians live in poverty and 64.7 per cent of the population live in extreme poverty. A deep economic recession, heavily weakened national currency, sanctions, soaring food and fuel prices, and disrupted markets have contributed to extreme vulnerability of Syrians across the country. 6.5 million people are internally displaced due to the conflict. The pace of displacement remains relentless. More than 1.2 million people have been displaced so far this year, many for the second or third time. 10 million people need livelihoods or emergency employment, sustainable income-generating activities, business revival and adequate financial transfer mechanisms. Moreover, 12.2 million people are in acute need of quick repairs of basic and social infrastructure ensuring essential and productive services, while 7.8 million people need better access to markets, natural resources, housing and basic services.
In its endeavour to strengthen the resilience of the Syrian people, UNDP implemented 199 local projects in 2016, that succeeded to touch the lives of 2,528,391 persons in 9 Syrian governorates through targeted early recovery and livelihoods restoration efforts in partnership with more than 45 local actors including NGOs, CBOs and FBOs. The implemented projects have provided 28,623 monthly job opportunities, which are disaggregated per target group as follows: 11,937 monthly job opportunities to IDPs, 7,694 to women, 6,103 to females heading households, 1,917 to people with disabilities and 15,973 to youth.
This was achieved through rehabilitation of community infrastructure and restoration of basic services using a labour-intensive approach, solid waste and debris management and quick repairs in affected Syrian governorates. It has also facilitated the revival of at least 120 businesses through productive assets replacement, start-up kits distribution, vocational training, job placements, value-chain development and market restoration. UNDP’s projects have contributed to stimulating the local economy through fostering local production and prioritizing local procurement.