Australia supports Jordan’s refugee response
More than a decade on, the Syria refugee crisis continues to drive humanitarian need in the region. Jordan continues to show great generosity in hosting over 1.3 million Syrians and refugees from elsewhere in the region. Australia has been a strong supporter of the Government of Jordan’s response, providing over $500 million in humanitarian assistance for the region’s response to the Syria crisis since 2011.
Our humanitarian partners are responding to help meet needs of refugees and create opportunities for greater self-reliance. The World Food Programme continues to reach more than one million people in Jordan with financial assistance and livelihoods opportunities, while the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is providing a range of essential services including shelter, protection and COVID-19 vaccinations.
Through our participation in the Ministry of Education’s Accelerating Access Initiative, Australia supports Jordan to deliver a quality, inclusive education that provides improved learning outcomes, develops life skills, and prepares young people for employment opportunities.
Australia’s humanitarian funding in Jordan also supports UN Women’s Oasis Centres in refugee camps and host communities. The Oasis Centres provide support services for survivors of violence and promote women’s economic empowerment by building skills for work, providing childcare, and helping to remove barriers to long term employment.
Australia’s humanitarian programs in Jordan also support gender equality, disability inclusion, locally-led humanitarian action, and accountability to affected populations.
Links to partner websites:
- UNHCR Jordan
- World Food Programme Jordan
- Jordan Ministry of Education
- UN Women Jordan
- Australian Humanitarian Partnership
- International Labour Organization
Increasing water security and economic opportunities in Ma’an Governorate
Australia is partnering with Mercy Corps to pilot a holistic approach to improving community-level water management and increasing opportunities for sustainable livelihoods. The project is supporting community infrastructure upgrades, promoting water efficient agricultural practices, and increasing access to markets.
Direct Aid Program (DAP)
The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a flexible small grants scheme designed to support community development activities. It is available on a not-for-profit basis to individuals, community groups and NGOs in Jordan. Read more
Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR)
The Australian Government established the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) in 2003 as an initiative to strengthen ties between Australia and Arab countries. The CAAR Grants Round seeks applications for projects that enhance Australia's economic, cultural and social relations with the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The projects can take place in Australia or the MENA region and must have an Australian partner. For more information, see http://www.dfat.gov.au/caar/index.html
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