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Assistance to the Affected in Syrian Conflict - SYR 121 (revision 3)
Appeal Target: US$ 9,822,485
Funds Received: US$ 4,355,353
Balance Requested: US$ 5,467,132
Geneva, 20 December 2012
The ongoing armed conflict in Syria has created an influx of over 500,000 refugees to neighbouring Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. In Jordan alone, some 150,000 people are registered by UNHCR as refugees or are to be registered within the next weeks. UN agencies and partners today launched the Syria Regional Response Plan requesting 1 billion USD to provide humanitarian assistance for the next six month.
ACT members are also strongly engaged in the humanitarian response in Syria and refugee host countries. A preliminary appeal was issued on 10 February 2012, and a full appeal was released subsequently on 26 March 2012 with the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) as requesting member. Since then, the appeal has been twice revised to reflect the changing realities and to include The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and Finn Church Aid (FCA) as requesting members.
A third revision of the appeal, SYR121, is now needed to i) include a component for ACT member the Department of Services to Palestinian Refugees/Middle East Council of Churches (DSPR/MECC), ii) extend the project implementation deadline for IOCC until 31 August 2013, and iii) revise the budgets to reflect the increased needs and numbers of Syrian refugees.
In the course of this year, ACT members in the region have increased their collaboration and coordination, which has resulted in the establishment of the ACT Jordan/Syria/Lebanon (JSL) Forum. The forum will play a crucial role in responding to the crisis in Syria and beyond. It will also provide a platform for providing mutual support and to use resources in the most effective way. One of the events planned by the forum is a workshop on humanitarian principles and standards (COC, Sphere, ACT policies). Please note that there is no evaluation budgeted in this appeal as it is the norm for over 5 million appeals. As an alternative to commissioning an external evaluation, we are proposing a peer review of the appeal projects with focus on HAP benchmarks.