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Strengthening resilience for refugees, IDPs and host communities in response to the Syrian crisis

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QUDRA aims at providing technical assistance to communities and local autorities affected by the Syrian crisis and meet the needs of refugees and host communities, in order to foster social cohesion between refugees and local populations in host communities.
  • 21.2 M€
  • 15/06/2016
  • 36 months

An unprecedented crisis

The Middle East is currently undergoing a profound crisis. The war in Syria and Iraq has destabilised neighbouring countries. There are currently 4.8 milllion Syrian refugees scattered across Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq. The arrival of these refugees has put great pressure on local infrastructure, economy and services - all of which have reached saturation point.

Supporting these countries has become all the more crucial as, in the long term, these countries will not be able to cope with the refugee crisis without the help of the international community. The return of these refugees is a long-term process which will outrun the end of the crisis. Most of these refugees have to face a number of different problems such as status, protection, access to public services, education and employment. Professional training and education are essential if the refugees are to participate in the local economy and a necessary investment in the reintegration of the refugees into a post conflict environnement.

The Qudra Programme is a regional action financed by the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, the ‘Madad’ Fund and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) seeking to strengthen resilience for Syrian refugees, IDPs and host communities in response to the Syrian and Iraqi crises. The programme is jointly implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Expertise France and the Spanish Agency for International Development (AECID).

QUDRA en Turquie

L’éducation et la formation technique et professionnelle sont centrales pour favoriser la participation et l’intégration des réfugiés au sein des communautés qui les accueillent.

A Istanbul, des activités mises en œuvre en partenariat avec une ONG locale

En Turquie, Expertise France soutient donc le centre pour la jeunesse d’Istanbul afin de proposer des activités sociales et formatrices aux jeunes syriens et turcs de 13 à 22 ans.

A la frontière turco-syrienne, des centres communautaires pris en charge par un consortium de 5 ONG

L’agence travaille avec les centres d’éducation publique de Gaziantep, Hatay et Şanliurfa pour renforcer la résilience des jeunes adultes dans ces régions limitrophes de la Syrie.

A lire : Qudra en Turquie : construire des liens entre réfugiés et communautés d’accueil

QUDRA in Lebanon: Community and Learning Centers in the Bekaa Valley

Expertise France focuses its strategy on reinforcing the capacities of the civil society via 4 Lebanese and Syrian NGOs, recognised for their expertise in the sector and their methods of intervention. These partners work together to bring a collective response to the needs of host communities and refugees.

Their activies are deployed through the creation of 4 semi-permanent community centres. Expertise France accompanies NGO partners in the development and implementation of the programme, as well as the construction of the 4 centres where Expertise France manages the coordination team and sector experts.

Support to children activities for Lebanese and Syrian children

  • Fight against poor performance at school and dropping out of Lebanese and Syrian children
  • Provide refresher courses for Syrian children that have not received any form of education for several years and facilitate their integration back into the Lebanese education system.

Training activities for young Lebanese and Syrians adults.

  • Provide basic training to Lebanese and Syrians in the most deprived communitites to help them find employment or develop a central role within their communities.

Protection activities

  • Provide psychosocial support to vulnerable or traumatised Lebanese and Syrian communities
  • Carry out awareness and risk prevention campaigns (especially violence towards women and children)

Collect and communicate information concerning refugee rights

  • Enable local communities (NGOs and local councils) to generate and communicate reliable information concerning refugee rights and duties.

This activity is implemented by CFI.

QUDRA in Jordan: strengthening social cohesion through community-based information services

To foster social cohesion between refugees and local population in host communities in Jordan, QUDRA activities under this component seek to improve access of Syrian refugees to information and particularly to enhance their knowledge of their rights and duties in all relevant fields (protection, education, health, housing, right to work, municipal services and access to justice and legal aid) and enhance their ability to exercise them.

To maximize efficiency, the activities will be implemented around already existing assistance programmes and related information systems primarily through well-designed outreach campaigns.

In Jordan, activities are implemented by CFI.