UNRWA chief: UN provided "concrete benefits for Palestinian refugees" in Gaza


Speaking in Amman, Karen AbuZayd, UNRWA Commissioner General, has asked donor countries to provide $160m to allow UNRWA to continue its crucial work in Gaza and the Middle East.

She praised her team in Gaza, which had "courageously blazed a trail of innovation and constructive change with concrete benefits." AbuZayd cited a "revamped human rights curriculum, gender initiatives and reforms of social-safety net targeting" as key achievements of the UNRWA over its mission so far.

Of $605m requested in 2008, UNRWA has received just $38m, including €5m from the EU announced today. Its contributions to building infrastructure in Gaza include the Schools of Excellence project and a hugely effective community mental health programme.