Canada announces assistance for those affected by conflict in Syria
Canada is working with experienced humanitarian partners to provide gender-responsive life-saving assistance to millions of people in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. This funding will help crisis-affected people meet their basic needs, including by providing food assistance; protection; comprehensive health services; and water, sanitation and hygiene. This humanitarian assistance also provides access to essential social and public services and addresses the specific rights and needs of women and girls, such as those related to sexual and reproductive health and to sexual and gender-based violence.
Canada will provide $430.3 million in funding in 2020 and 2021 ($236.5 million in 2020 and $193.8 million in 2021). Working through partners including UN agencies, non-governmental organizations and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, Canada ensures that the specific needs and priorities of vulnerable and marginalized individuals are addressed. A top humanitarian donor in the region, Canada fulfills its commitments as a signatory to the Grand Bargain for humanitarian assistance by providing multi-year and flexible regional funding to trusted partners.
Canada is providing development assistance for long-term support in building the capacity and resilience of governments, communities and households in Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon. In Syria, Canadian programming aims to build the resilience of individuals and communities. Canada’s assistance in the region focuses on empowering women and girls and advancing gender equality; supporting effective and accountable governance; improving the quality and sustainability of gender-responsive social services, including education; and fostering economic growth that works for everyone.
Canada will provide $170 million in funding in 2020 and 2021 ($90 million in 2020 and $80 million in 2021). In Iraq, Canada is helping to strengthen governance, build capacity to provide basic services, further gender equality and promote the economic empowerment of women and girls. In Lebanon, Canada’s efforts focus on expanding livelihood opportunities and on skills development for women and youth. In Jordan, Canada is working to improve access to quality public education for all children and also supports economic reforms and inclusive governance, including in municipal services. In Syria, programming aims to enhance gender equality by supporting women’s economic empowerment and local women’s organizations.
Peace and stabilization assistance
Canada’s assistance through its Peace and Stabilization Operations Program supports the international efforts to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity, improves security and aims to reduce tensions between host communities and Syrian refugees and supports the objectives of the Global Coalition Against Daesh.
Canada will provide $19.8 million in funding in 2020 and 2021 ($12.5 million for 2020 and $7.3 million in 2021). In Syria, Canada supports the increased political participation of women and, through improved local governance, the provision of essential services and access to reliable, truthful information, as well as builds the resilience of communities liberated from Daesh. In Iraq, Canada supports critical infrastructure rehabilitation, explosive-hazards clearance and community-based conflict prevention, as well as accountability for Daesh crimes.
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