Australian Government Response to the Syrian Humanitarian Crisis
The conflict in Syria has created one of the biggest humanitarian crises in the world today. According to the UN, more than seven years of war has left 13.1 million people in Syria in need of humanitarian assistance. This includes 6.1 million people who are internally displaced.
A further 5.6 million Syrians are registered refugees in neighbouring countries, including Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt. About 90 per cent of refugees are residing in host communities, which is placing a strain on local resources, infrastructure and services. Jordan has shown tremendous hospitality in hosting over 650,000 Syrian refugees registered with UNHCR.
The Australian Government is providing $220 million in humanitarian assistance over three years to support people in need in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria (FY2016-17 to FY2018-19). Prior to this, Australia provided more than $213 million in humanitarian assistance in response to the crisis since 2011. This included $87.5 million for assistance to people inside Syria and $125.7 million to help refugees and their host communities across the region.
In Jordan, we are helping to increase access to education and livelihood opportunities for refugees and vulnerable Jordanians, as well as providing emergency assistance so people can meet their basic needs. Our assistance is delivered through UN agencies, NGOs and the Government of Jordan:
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.
Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR)
The Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) was established by the Australian Government 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 Arab world. The projects can take place in either Australia or the Arab world, but must have an Australian partner. For more information, see http://www.dfat.gov.au/caar/index.html.