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An Uncertain Future: Fragility and Humanitarian Priorities in Northeast Syria

Refugees International, (2019)


After almost eight bloody years, the war in Syria finally appears to be reaching the endgame. The Assad regime controls some two-thirds of the country. In the northwest, the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has launched an offensive against opposition-controlled Idlib governorate under the cover of a brutal Russian bombing campaign. Upwards of 3 million Syrians in Idlib are under threat. Meanwhile, in northeast Syria, the Syrian Democratic Forces—the Syrian Kurdish dominated militia backed by the United States—have dislodged the Islamic State and now control one-third of the country. However, the humanitarian situation in the northeast remains extremely fragile and could deteriorate quickly. Indeed, over a third of the 4 million people in this area need humanitarian assistance and some 600,000 are displaced.
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Humanitarian Response Plan Achievements January-December 2018

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), (2019)


The 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) aimed to assist 10.5 million people with direct assistance and 11.2 million people with improved access to basic services. In an effort to meet humanitarian needs, humanitarian partners provided various types of humanitarian life-saving and life-sustaining assistance and services to a monthly average of 5.5 million people during 2018. Of the 5.5 million people reached on average on a monthly basis, 2.1 million were people living in areas of high severity of need, as measured through the inter-sector severity scale. In 2018, these efforts were funded by international support to Syria with $2.19 billion raised (65 per cent of HRP requirements) by the end of the year – more than any previous year. Thanks to this generous support, humanitarian organisations in Syria continued to deliver a massive humanitarian response to people in need with multiple humanitarian crises unfolding across the country.
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Principled Aid in SyriaA Framework for International Agencies

Haid Haid, (2019)


Research Paper. As the fighting in Syria winds down, international humanitarian organisations (IHOs) operating from Damascus are hopeful that the Syrian government’s interference in their work will decrease. However, the government is attempting to formalise its influence over humanitarian operations. Throughout the Syrian conflict, the government has imposed multiple administrative processes on humanitarian organisations to limit their ability to operate independently. This includes restricting the operational environment; undermining organisational independence; imposing local partners; influencing procurement procedures; and preventing direct monitoring and evaluation. While some level of coordination with the government might be a pragmatic necessity to ensure the safety of operations in regime-controlled areas, this cooperation should not enable the government to use aid for military or political purposes. Consequently, international humanitarian organisations have an ethical dilemma in how they provide aid in these areas without undermining their principles of humanity, independence, impartiality and neutrality.
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Assessment of the health needs of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Syria’s neighboring countries

El Arnaout, N., Rutherford, S., Zreik,, et al., (2019)


Health needs of displaced Syrians in refugee hosting countries have become increasingly complex in light of the protracted Syrian conflict. The primary aim of this study was to identify the primary health needs of displaced Syrians in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Syria.
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Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan 2019-2020 - In Response to the Syria Crisis

UN Development Programme, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, (2018)


UN and partners launch plan to support Syrian refugees and countries hosting them as number of Syrian refugee new-borns reaches one million mark
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Humanitarian needs overview 2019 Syrian Arab Republic

UNHCR, Eds.: UNHCR, (2019)


The figures and findings reflected in the 2019 Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) represent the independent analysis of the United Nations (UN) and its humanitarian partners based on information available to them. While the HNO aims to provide consolidated humanitarian analysis and data to help inform joint strategic humanitarian planning, many of the figures provided throughout the document are estimates based on sometimes incomplete and partial data sets using the methodologies for collection that were available at the time. The Government of Syria has expressed its reservations over the data sources and methodology of assessments used to inform the HNO, as well as on a number of HNO findings.
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Vulnerability Assessment Framework - Population Study 2019

UN High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR, (2019)


This study provides information about vulnerabilities within the targeted population and contributes to reflection within UNHCR on how to interpret their multisectorial Home Visit assessments. By exploring relationships between vulnerability indicators and other data collected, the report outlines key trends and relationships. The report details predefined VAF indicators and then provides an in-depth descriptive analysis for each sector
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Removing Barriers .The Path towards Inclusive Access. Lebanon Report July 2018

Australian Agency for International Development, Handicap International - Humanity & Inclusion, iMMAP, (2018)


Disability. Assessment among Syrian Refugees in Jordan and Lebanon
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Water under fire

UNICEF, Eds.: UNICEF, (2019)


UNICEF trucks water to the camps where people displaced by the conflict have temporarily settled. UNICEF also installed latrines, showers and water storage tanks in the camps and distributed family hygiene kits to protect children against waterborne diseases.
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