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ACT Alliance Syria Humanitarian Response
Geneva, 30 August 2013
1. Brief description of the emergency and impact
The civil war inside Syria is now extending into its third year, and the number of civilian causalities, internally displaced people, and refugees continue to grow to astounding numbers. Over 4 million people are displaced within Syria according to UN OCHA and 1.9 million refugees are hosted by Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and countries in North Africa. Recent developments such as the purported use of chemical weapons around Damascus towards the end of August are but one indicator of the increasing severity of the crisis.
2. Why is an ACT response needed?
ACT Alliance members have already provided humanitarian support from the onset of the crisis and have scaled-up the programme during 2012. Their decades-long experience in working in the region enables them to reach out to the communities and to address adequately the most urgent needs according to humanitarian principles.
3. National and international response
Since the beginning of the crisis, numerous assessments mapping the needs of refugees and IDPs from Syria have been conducted ranging in location and scope. The most comprehensive resource currently available is the fifth edition of the Regional Response Plan (RRP5). This is the planned or proposed responses of various UN agencies and other local and international actors, including ACT members, and their requirements and priorities for relief projects, region-wide.
4. ACT Alliance response
ACT members in the region coordinate the humanitarian response in the ACT Jordan/Syria/Lebanon (JSL) Forum. Members have been closely monitoring existing and planned assessments by all agencies to avoid unnecessary replication and to closely tailor response strategies to commonly identified needs for maximum impact. In case of missing data, ACT members have carried out their own detailed needs assessments. It is anticipated that the full appeal will be released on 2 September 2013.
5. Planned activities
ACT members will provide humanitarian assistance in Syria and several neighbouring countries. The timeframe for implementation is one year except for Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe. The chart below provides details on geographical areas of response, sectors, targeted population and an approximate budget.