India presented the second tranche of aid of USD 2.5 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) for the financial year 2022-2023.
What Has Been Said:
India’s Representative Office in Ramallah said this will support the agency’s core programs and services, including education, healthcare, relief and social services.
“The Government of India presented USD 2.5 million (second tranche of a total contribution of USD 5 million for the Financial Year 2022-2023) to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), in support of the Agency’s core programmes and services, including education, healthcare, relief and social services,” Representative Office of India Ramallah said in a statement.
“The financial contribution was presented to Ms Xuran Wu, Associate Donor Relations and Projects Officer, Department of External Relations, UNRWA at the Representative Office of India in Ramallah, Palestine,” the statement added.
Need Of The Aid:
Poverty, unemployment and despair are in high doses across the country, severely hitting the Lebanese people, Syrian and Palestine refugees. This comes amid one of the worst economic crises in recent history, compounded by the Beirut blast in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic, poor governance and an almost total collapse in basic services.
Palestine refugees, living in overcrowded camps, are historically one of the poorest people in the country. They are at the end of the rope. According to the latest UNRWA Crisis Monitoring Report on the Socio-Economic Situation of Palestine Refugees in Lebanon, 93 per cent of all Palestine refugees in Lebanon live in poverty.
India’s History Of Aid Support:
India has been providing various forms of developmental cooperation assistance to Palestine amounting to approximately US$ 141 million. India has pledged US$ 70.6 million worth of developmental assistance to Palestine and US$ 197,030 worth of quick impact projects. India has also provided a total of US$ 39 million of budgetary support to the Palestinian Authority, in addition to a total of US$ 26.5 million to UNRWA since 2009.
Our support also includes the provision of medical assistance in the form of medicines, including 25,000 doses of Covaxin provided to Palestine in 2021. India has been increasing scholarships and training opportunities to Palestine, which stand at 50 ICCR scholarships and 168 ITEC slots. In July 2021, India also offered a Line of Credit worth USD 50 Million to Palestine for implementing developmental and sustainable projects.