Today the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria takes place in Kuwait. This conference brings together international donors to discuss the continuing humanitarian crisis in Syria. In this context, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo agreed in principle to donate 20 million euros in assistance to the Syrian population in Syria, the Syrians who fled to neighboring countries and to humanitarian aid in Iraq.
The Syrian conflict enters its fifth year. The consequences for the local population are staggering: 12.2 million people are in need of aid, nearly half of the Syrian population is driven from their homes and 3.8 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries. In Syria itself 7.8 million people are internally displaced. The Syrian crisis is now the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.
Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo has agreed in principle on the donation of a package of 20 million euros:
- 11 million euros to fund humanitarian flexible funds in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan (Emergency Response Funds) in 2015 and 2016.
- 3 million euros for relief of basic needs (shelter, protection, food, water and sanitation, health and education) in Syria and the neighboring countries Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. The Humanitarian Aid department of the Directorate-General for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid (DGD) currently analyses responses to the call for projects launched by the Minister of Development Cooperation;
- 2 million euros in additional support for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for supporting Syrian refugees, Syrian-Palestinian refugees and Lebanese refugees who fled the Syrian conflict and have returned because of conditions in the Lebanese host communities that are under pressure because of the massive influx of refugees.
- 4 million euros for humanitarian needs in Iraq in 2015: 2 million euros through the International Committee of the Red Cross and 2 million through the ‘Food Aid’ program of the World Food Programme.