World bank provides Jordan with $150 to host Syrian refugees

24 May, 13:45

    (ANSAmed) - AMMAN, MAY 24 - The World Bank (WB) has agreed to support Jordan with $150 million to help accommodate half a million Syrian refugees, according to a bank statement.

    "I saw Jordan's generous hosting communities struggling with the enormous inflows of people seeking shelter and protection at Zaatari", said Inger Andersen, WB vice president for the Middle East and North Africa.

    "There is acute pressure on local authorities to maintain service delivery and that is where our funding can help," Andersen said.

    The package will take the shape of a programme of emergency support to help the Jordanian authorities finance public service expenditures associated with the influx of refugees from Syria, added the statement.

    In addition, the financial package will enable the bank to "leverage donor support to strengthen service delivery in municipalities that are hosting the majority of Syrian refugees".

    Andersen said that a secondary goal of the package is to ensure that Jordanians as well as Syrians benefit from the assistance.

    "Witnessing the agony of the Syrian people is heartrending but what we can all do now is step up and make sure that social tensions don't grow among the various communities who are so generously hosting the refugees," said Andersen.

    "The World Bank's contribution is part of our broader programme of engagement with Jordan in which we are helping build resilience to the current and future impacts of the regional crisis while supporting the country's ongoing economic reform programme."(ANSAmed).

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