EU-UNICEF partnership helps address learning and protection needs of children and youth affected by the Syria Crisis

September 20, 2016
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Within the context of the London pledging conference for Syria earlier this year, the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis (the ‘Madad Fund’) committed EUR 90 million in support of UNICEF’s work with children and young people who have fled the war in Syria to take refuge in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Children and youth in host communities that are themselves struggling with access to education and basic services, will also benefit. 
The EU Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis is one of Europe’s key instruments for delivering on our €3 billion pledge at the London conference on supporting Syria and the region… With this support, we are able to address the situation for children and youth of Syria quickly and with flexibility. The EU’s financial contribution will help preventing “a lost generation” with all its negative consequences for the whole region”, said Johannes Hahn, the Commissioner of the European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.
The EUR 90 million is in addition to EUR 12.5 million granted to UNICEF by the Madad Fund last year. In Turkey alone, around EUR 50 million from these EU funds are supporting education and child protection programmes, reaching thousands of children.
Regionally, over 116,000 children have benefitted from these services to date, while around 248,000 children will receive different forms of support by the end of 2017. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
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European Commission – Factsheet – The European Union and Syria   
European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection – Syrian crisis factsheet  

Countries covered:

  • Syria *