EU Trust Fund in Response to the Syria Crisis (MADAD Fund) - 3rd Contribution
The overall objective of the Trust Fund is to provide a coherent and reinforced aid
response to the Syrian crisis on a regional scale, responding primarily in the first instance
to the needs of refugees from Syria in neighbouring countries, as well as of the
communities hosting the refugees and their administrations, in particular as regards
resilience and early recovery.
- Promote educational, protection and engagement opportunities for children and young people, both refugee children and vulnerable children in host communities – so they can enjoy quality education with equal access for girls and boys, and to prepare young people for work, by increasing access to vocational training. That way, the MADAD Fund aims to contribute to the goal of "No Lost Generation".
- Reduce the pressure on countries hosting refugees by investing in livelihoods and social cohesion and supporting them in providing access to jobs and education that will benefit both refugees and host communities.
Target Groups: Syrian Refugees and their host communities and admnistrations in the Region.
Geographical Focus: the focus is on Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, however, the Trust Fund's scope has been expanded to also cover support to IDP's in Iraq, to the non-EU countries in the Western Balkans affected by the refugee crisis and to Armenia which also hosts Syrian refugees.
Partners: in line with the Fund's objective to foster a genuine European response in partnership with the host governments in the region, the Trust Fund partners with Development agencies of EU Member States, European NGOs, Red Cross societies in partnership with host governments. Additionally, relevant UN Agencies such as UNICEF, UNRWA, UNHCR are key partners of the MADAD Fund.
With approx. 2 million refugees plus their host communities in the various countries estimated to be reached by the Trust Fund, with a volume of currently about 1.5 billion Euros, the exact number of the target group which can be supported by this Austrian Contribution is difficult to gage. However, at least 2600 refugees plus all their host communities could be reached with this contribution.
The Trust Fund primarily addresses longer term economic, educational and social needs of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq, as well as helping overstretched host communities and their administrations. To that aim, programs and project funded by the Trust Fund are primarily in the sectors of 1) Education and Protection, 2) Resilience and Livelihoods, 3) Health Care, 4) Water and Municipal Services..
The Syrian conflict has triggered the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Refugees from Syria are the biggest refugee population from a single conflict in a generation, with over 5.6 million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries and the wider region. Countries bordering Syria are hosting the majority of refugees: Lebanon hosts 1 million registered Syria refugees alone and has, along with Jordan, the largest per capita refugee population in the world. Turkey is currently hosting some 3.5 million Syrian refugees, the largest number of refugees in one country in the world.
With contributions from the EU budget, 22 EU Member States, as well as Turkey, the Fund has reached a total volume of €1.5 billion per September 2018. Large projects focusing on education, livelihoods, health, socio-economic support, water and waste water infrastructure have already been approved by the Fund's board, for a total of more than € 1.4 billion. Of this, almost € 1 billion have been contracted in over 53 projects to the Trust Fund's implementing partners on the ground, now reaching more than 2 milllion beneficiaries.