Contribution in support of UNHCR's activities in Egypt included in the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan 2018-2019

Contract partner: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Ägypten Funding amount: € 1.000.000,00 Project start: 01.01.2018 End: 31.12.2019

Short Description:

Overall goal

The 2018-2019 Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan’s (3RP) Country Plan for Egypt aims to strengthen protection and support for men, women, boys and girls of the Syrian refugee community and host communities.

Expected results

To address the needs of refugees and the most vulnerable among host communities, targeted assistance will be focused in the areas of health, education, basic needs and livelihoods, along with community-based interventions to enhance outreach and strengthening of service delivery systems.

The total number of beneficiaries the program aims to reach, for 2018, is 131,000 Syrian refugees.

In 2018, UNHCR’s expected key results include (among others):

- 5,500 Syrian refugees benefited from medication services for chronic diseases

- 25,000 Syrian refugee children enrolled in primary and secondary schools received education grant

- 15,400 Syrian refugee households supported in meeting their basic needs through a monthly multi-purpose cash grant

- 11,120 Syrian refugees provided capacity building and training for livelihoods purposes


Target group / Beneficiaries

Austria's contribution of EUR 1,000,000 (equivalent to USD 1,136,363 with the UN exchange rate of 1 USD / 0.880 EUR as of November 2018) can, for instance, be used to support at least 1,090 vulnerable Syrian refugee households (comprising about 4,360 Syrian refugees) in meeting their basic needs.

UNHCR's implementing partners include: All Saints’ Cathedral; Arab Council Supporting Fair Trial & Human Rights (ACSFT); CARE International; Caritas Egypt; Catholic Relief Services (CRS); Mostafa Mahmoud Society; Egyptian Foundation for Refugee Rights (EFRR); Egyptian Red Crescent (ERC); Plan International; Save the Children International (SCI); Terre des Hommes (TdH); United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS); United Nations Volunteers (UNV).

UNHCR has currently three offices in Greater Cairo and one field office in Alexandria.



In order to support the most vulnerable refugees and asylum-seekers, and mitigate against their resort to negative coping mechanisms, UNHCR provides monthly multipurpose cash grants to an average of 16,100 vulnerable refugee households from a number of countries of origin. Most recipients are extremely vulnerable and do not have any source of income. Assistance through grants received from UNHCR cover not even half of their essential needs.

Under this project, UNHCR aims to support at least 1,090 vulnerable Syrian refugee households (comprising about 4,360 Syrian refugees) in meeting their basic needs through a grant of approximately 70 USD per month.



Egypt is a destination country for refugees and asylum-seekers. As of end of October 2018, 240,008 refugees and asylum-seekers predominantly from Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Sub-Saharan Africa are registered with UNHCR Egypt. Refugees and asylum-seekers live in urban areas alongside local communities.

UNHCR Egypt carries out registration, documentation and refugee status determination (RSD) on behalf of the Government of Egypt (GoE). Moreover, UNHCR facilitates access of refugees and asylum-seekers to basic services, such as health and education. The GoE provides primary and secondary health care to refugees and asylum-seekers of all nationalities at an equal level of Egyptian nationals. Syrian, Sudanese, South Sudanese and Yemenis refugees and asylum-seekers are granted access to public education at same footing as nationals.

Structural economic changes in Egypt significantly affect all aspects of lives of refugees and asylum-seekers. The difficult socio-economic conditions and increases in the cost of living have reduced households’ purchasing power and exacerbated the levels of vulnerability. This has resulted in refugee and asylum-seeker households not being able to meet their basic needs and, therefore, their dependence on assistance has increased.


project number 7097-00/2018
source of funding AKF
sector Humanitäre Hilfe: Sofortmaßnahmen
modality Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by international organisations (multilateral, INGO)
marker Poverty: 1
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    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
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