Syrian refugees gather as they prepare to leave Beirut | Photo: EPA/WAEL HAMZEH
Syrian refugees gather as they prepare to leave Beirut | Photo: EPA/WAEL HAMZEH

The Italian Development Cooperation has launched a project designed to improve the lives of Syrian refugees in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon. Targeting women and children in particular, the plan aims to empower and protect Syrian families and assist them with their economic empowerment as well.

The Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) has launched a humanitarian program to help Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt. The scheme is designed to empower migrants in areas of sexual health, combating gender-based violence, human rights and overall security issues.

Up to 10,000 people – mainly women and children – are expected to directly benefit from the initiative, which is  part of the Italian Development Cooperation's (IDC) efforts to address of the Syrian crisis on refugees and host communities.

The program was officially launched in Jordan's capital Amman in early December 2018, which hosts about 1.2 million Syrian refugees who fled their country in recent years.

Strengthening women

The project states that its target groups are women and children, and is intended to run for three years. The United Nations Population Fund will support the plan by assisting in improving access to sexual and reproductive health and helping with in the creation of safe spaces.

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA) will meanwhile provide technical capacities for refugee women and their partners in host countries to enhance women's voices and their participation in the peace building process.

Economic empowerment

A focus on economic empowerment is also part of the initiative, with NGOs like Oxfam and AICS assisting the program in developing solutions for social cooperatives, and helping with microcredits.

Experts hope the program will alleviate poverty, help families in neglected communities, and provide income following the decline in international aid to Syrian refugees and their host countries.


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