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Combining humanitarian assistance and sustainable development to build resilience of refugees and host communities

ACTED built upon its capacity to meet the basic needs of Syrian refugees in Jordan and strengthen the resilience of host communities. While providing humanitarian assistance to refugees in Jordan remains a priority, ACTED also supports Syrians, vulnerable Jordanians and other marginalised minority groups with consideration of the long-term development needs of all communities. As such, ACTED moved to expand its work in strengthening the livelihoods of these communities not only to support vulnerable communities to meet their basic needs but also to bolster the beleaguered local economy and promote inclusive economic growth in the longer term.

Since 2011, the crisis in Syria has driven over 655,000 Syrian refugees into Jordan, with thousands of families settling in formal camps, informal tented settlements, and urban host communities. This massive influx has created an urgent need for emergency humanitarian aid for refugee populations, while simultaneously placing enormous pressure on already stressed municipal services and local markets. In response, ACTED undertakes the provision of crucial food assistance and water, hygiene and sanitation services both in and outside of camps, in addition to strengthening infrastructure, providing social support, enhancing host community livelihoods, and engaging with local and municipal authorities.

Providing multi-sectorial humanitarian assistance

ACTED continues to play a central role in providing humanitarian assistance for refugees throughout Jordan. For refugees both in and outside of camps, ACTED ensures regular food assistance, while within the refugee camps ACTED also regularly supplied clean water and removes solid and liquid waste. All of ACTED camp activities provided income-generating opportunities for the refugees, empowering them through the development of professional skills and supplemental sources of income to better meet their own needs. ACTED isalso a key actor in strengthening shelter, education, and water, hygiene and sanitation services for refugees and other marginalised minority groups living in informal tented settlements throughout the Northern governorates of Jordan.

Strengthening local communities

ACTED has been strengthening its engagement with host communities, targeting vulnerable Jordanians, Syrian refugees, and local and municipal authorities. Through its network of local partner organisations in the Northern governorates of Jordan, ACTED provides trainings in climate smart agriculture and leadership to Syrian and Jordanian women, as well as employment support and economic empowerment activities to youth. By economically empowering local organisations and vulnerable Jordanian and Syrian populations, ACTED has built up community resilience, boosted social cohesion, and provided both Jordanians and Syrians with the skills to contribute to the development of their respective communities.

Partners in 2016 :

Cooperative Housing Foundation ("Global Communities"), Department for International Development – United Kingdom (DFID), Danish Refugee Council (DRC), EuropeAid, Food And Agriculture Organization Of The United Nation (FAO), IMPACT Initiatives, International Organization For Migration (IOM), Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Office Of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), OXFAM, Swiss Agency For Development And Cooperation (SDC), United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Office For The Coordination Of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), World Food Programme (WFP), World Bank 



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