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Japan annouces US$ 10 million donation for emergency assistance in Syria

This generous additional contribution from Japan will provide Palestine refugees from Syria health support and emergency cash and food assistance, among other services, through UNRWA’s operations in Lebanon, Jordan and Syria.

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Improving the resilience of vulnerable families in Mali and Mauritania

Millions of vulnerable families living across the Sahel are exposed to recurrent shocks, exacerbated by climate change, which undermines their fragile food security and nutrition situation. To inform the design of shock-responsive social protection systems that address widespread vulnerabilities, FAO developed a package of cash and livelihoods support for families in Mali and Mauritania.

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Supporting refugees: the ESTIA Programme in Greece

Launched in July 2017 with the UN Refugee Agency, The 'Emergency Support to Integration & Accommodation'   ESTIA is the biggest EU aid operation in the country and works in line with the Greek government's 'out of camps' policy. So far it has created more than 23,000 urban accommodation places and set up a cash assistance scheme serving more than 41,000 refugees and asylum seekers.

The European Commission has announced last  April additional funding of €180 million for aid projects in Greece, including to scale up the flagship ESTIA programme which helps get refugees into urban accommodation and out of camps and provides them with regular cash assistance.

Six other contracts have been signed with the Danish Refugee Council, Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund, Médecins du Monde, the Spanish Red Cross, as well as Greek NGOs METAdrasi and Smile of the Child to address pressing humanitarian needs in Greece, including shelter, primary health care, psycho-social support, improved hygiene conditions, non-formal education, the provision of interpretation for health and protection.

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Adopting Resolution 2417 (2018), Security Council Strongly Condemns Starving of Civilians, Unlawfully Denying Humanitarian Access as Warfare Tactics

The Security Council adopted last week (24 May 2018) a resolution condemning the starving of civilians as a method of warfare — as well as the unlawful denial of humanitarian access to civilian populations — with members welcoming it as a landmark expression of unity on those critical issues.

Unanimously adopting resolution 2417 (2018), the Council drew attention to the link between armed conflict and conflict‑induced food insecurity and the threat of famine.  It called on all parties to armed conflict to comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law regarding the protection of civilians and on taking care to spare civilian objects, stressing that armed conflicts, violations of international law and related food insecurity could be drivers of forced displacement.  Underlining the importance of safe and unimpeded access of humanitarian personnel to civilians in armed conflicts, it also strongly condemned the unlawful denial of such access and depriving civilians of objects indispensable to their survival — including wilfully impeding relief supply and access for responses to conflict‑induced food insecurity.

For more on the discussion and the full text of resolution 2417 (2018), please click here

Emergency Cash Transfer Project Benefits 9 Million Yemenis

Nearly 1.5 million of the most vulnerable families in Yemen – an estimated 9 million people - have received emergency cash transfers from the Emergency Cash Transfer Project implemented by UNICEF and funded and supported by the World Bank’s International Development Association.

The cash transfers come as a lifeline for nearly one third of the people in Yemen. The country’s population has been suffering from years of conflict which has led to the threat of famine and outbreaks of diphtheria, cholera and acute watery diarrhea. The intensification of the conflict in the last three years, has killed and injured nearly 6,000 children and made the country poorer.

The joint UNICEF-World Bank project was launched in mid-2017 and it has recently concluded its second payment to the most vulnerable Yemenis. A third payment is being planned for August 2018.

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Publications addressing social protection in response to humanitarian crisis suggested interesting publications that address the role of social protection in responding to humanitarian crisis. You may be interested in their selection of publications! Find the links below and share your comments with our community! 

Innocenti Research Centre UNICEF (2018) Economic Transfers and Social Cohesion in a Refugee-hosting Setting 

Institute of Development Studies - IDS and GSDRC Applied Knowledge Services (2017) Migration, Forced Displacement and Social Protection

UNICEF, UNHCR and ODI (2017) A promise of tomorrow: The effects of UNHCR and UNICEF cash assistance on Syrian refugees in Jordan

ODI (2017) Cash transfers for refugees: an opportunity to bridge the gap between humanitarian assistance and social protection