The politics of refugee relief: UNRWA and the ongoing funding crisis

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Jensehaugen, Jørgen (2021) The politics of refugee relief: UNRWA and the ongoing funding crisis, Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies Blog, 28 January.

​On 9 November 2020 Philippe Lazzarini, the Commissioner General of UNRWA, tweeted: “I am pained to announce that despite all efforts to raise the resources for @UNRWA 2020, I informed our 28,000 staff that we do not have enough funds to pay their salaries in full this month”. This is a desperate situation for the Agency serving 5,7 million Palestinian refugees in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, West Bank and Gaza. How will restored aid levels under the Biden administration affect the organisation, and what is the wider context of international aid to UNRWA?

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