UNHCR Jordan says more flexible funding is needed in 2019

While the year 2019 is already over half-way complete, UNHCR's Jordan operations are currently only 27% funded for its annual needs, according to the organisation.

"If we are to continue meeting refugees' needs, then more flexible funding is needed in 2019," UNHCR Jordan spokeswoman Lilly Carlisle told The Jordan Times on Wednesday (August 14th).

More than 80% of refugees in Jordan live below the poverty line, on less than $3 a day, according to Carlisle, who highlighted that many refugees depend on the UNHCR for cash assistance and healthcare.

"We are grateful for donors such as Switzerland who have come forward in recent weeks with new funding, but the needs of refugees across the country are still acute," Carlisle said.

Of the roughly $370 million required for the year, roughly $96 million had been donated to the organisation as of July 30th, with the US and Germany contributing $39 million and $16 million, respectively, according to UNHCR data.

As of late July, there were 751,015 refugees living in Jordan, with roughly 660,000 from Syria, 70,000 from Iraq and 15,000 from Yemen.

"Refugees of all ages and nationalities depend on UNHCR funded services in their day-to-day lives," Carlisle said.

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