A mapping of social protection and humanitarian assistance programmes in Jordan

What support are refugees eligible for?

This mapping of social protection and humanitarian assistance programmes in Jordan was produced as part of an ODI project looking at a cash transfer programme for Syrian refugees in Jordan: Cash transfers for refugees: the economic and social effects of a programme in Jordan. The project assessed the immediate effects of cash transfers on reducing barriers to accessing basic services and employment, as well as considering the long-term implications of improvements in economic and social outcomes.

Key messages:

  • Around 655,000 Syrian refugees are currently registered in Jordan and are unlikely to return to Syria in the near future. With many living outside camps, they struggle to meet basic needs such as shelter and food. 
  • Vulnerable Jordanians benefit from various government-run social protection schemes depending on the type and extent of their vulnerability, but these programmes do not support refugees in need. 
  • Humanitarian organisations give cash and food transfers to refugees, as well as providing education and employment programmes, and legal and psychological support. Several also address the lack of safe and affordable shelter and meet specific needs in winter, but much of this support is ad hoc, with low coverage. 

Further information on the project, along with the main report and a briefing paper can be found on the ODI project page.