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From humanitarian crisis to opportunity for all

By Vanora Bennett

From humanitarian crisis to opportunity for all

How smart thinking in Jordan informs its support for refugees


The conflict in Syria is the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. In seven years of war, five million people have been forced to flee the country and seek safe haven in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and beyond, while millions more are displaced internally.

Humanitarian efforts could not prevent the crisis from affecting the economies of neighbouring countries. An unprecedented influx of refugees is a massive burden on host states, with population increases putting new strains on infrastructure.

This is the story, told in video, pictures and text, of the smart thinking in Jordan that supports the 1.3 million Syrian refugees who have found shelter there and of some of the lives it has changed.

For the past two years, Jordan and its international partners – including the EBRD and its donors - have been working both on renewing infrastructure and on helping more refugees into the workplace.

The aim is to transform a humanitarian crisis into a development opportunity that attracts new investments and benefits Syrian refugees, the host country and the international community.

The EBRD’s refugee response in Jordan has been supported by: the European Union, the Republic of Korea, Taipei China, the United Kingdom, EBRD’s Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Multi Donor Account (Australia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taipei China and the United Kingdom.).



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