We spend contributions wisely. All of the funds we receive go directly to our Programme Budget, to assist and serve the Palestine refugees we are mandated to protect and serve. We are committed to transparency and accountability, with sensible investment in fundraising and communication and prudent expenditure on management support and administration.
Understanding UNRWA’s funding structure
UNRWA is currently mandated by the General Assembly under resolution 302(IV) to respond to the needs of an estimated 5 million refugees (compared to 750,000 in 1950) in its five fields of operation until a just and durable solution is found to the refugee issue. Based on its mandate UNRWA therefore delivers fundamental services in the area of education, health, relief and social services, microfinance and camp improvement with the support of more than 28,000 national Palestinian staff members.
UNRWA’s Programme Budget (General Fund) approved by the General Assembly for the 2012-2013 biennium comprises recurrent staff and non-staff costs. The current budgeted cost of recurrent activities is $1.3 billion for the biennium 2012-2013.
Although UNRWA prepares its budget on a biennial basis, operations are financed on an annual basis.
In budgeting costs UNRWA is guided by the strategic objectives and prioritization of services outlined in the Medium Term Strategy 2010-15 (MTS) (PDF). This overall strategic vision for UNRWA’s operations is further refined within the framework of Field Implementation Plans per field, based on the implementation of programme cycle management.
The MTS identifies four human development goals for Palestine refugees:
- to have a long and healthy life
- to acquire knowledge and skills
- to have a decent standard of living
- to enjoy human rights to the fullest extent possible
To link financial resources directly to the achievement of results consistent with the Agency's strategy, the budget includes a breakdown based on these goals and strategic objectives.
General Fund Programme Budget 2012-13 (PDF)