Jordan, donors endorse new refugee response plan

AMMAN ( Jordan Times) — The government and the international community on Thursday endorsed a $7.6-billion three-year Jordan Response Platform (JRP) for the Syria Crisis.

The JRP for the Syria Crisis 2017–2019 is a call for further collective action to respond to the crisis, and it builds on the paradigm-shift and resilience-focused approaches adopted to proactively respond to the protracted humanitarian and development challenges, according to the plan’s literature.

The platform was approved during a two-hour meeting that was attended by Prime Minister Hani Mulki, ministers, ambassadors, diplomats,” as well as high-level officials and civil society representatives.

Mulki reiterated during the meeting Jordan’s commitment to upholding its moral obligations towards Syrian refugees, even though it carries “more than its fair share of the response”. 

“Jordan has been pioneering a resilience-based approach as outlined in our rolling response plans that we jointly developed and in adopting a paradigm shift in dealing with Syrian refugee by turning the refugee challenge into an economic opportunity as proposed in the Jordan Compact,” Mulki told the gathering, referring to a document issued during the London refugee conference in February last year outlining commitments by Jordan towards Syrian refugees and pledges by donors to help in the mission.

The premier stressed the importance and “invaluable” support of the international community in shouldering the impact of the Syrian crisis on Jordan because it helped Jordan remain resilient “in a very difficult regional setting”.

“The situation in Syria and the unprecedented refugee crisis have been globally recognised as the worst humanitarian disaster the world has faced since the World War II, posing an increasing threat to global security, development and economic growth,” Mulki said.

“It is a crisis whose magnitude continuously demands a collective response equal to the scale of the challenge,” the premier added.

But Mulki was quick to add that the Kingdom needs the continued support of its partners because it has reached its maximum capacity with no fiscal space remaining under the new International Monetary Fund programme, nor in terms of resources, existing physical and social infrastructure or government services.