Building on Japan's continuing support to Jordan, the projects will be implemented by UNOPS, in partnership with the Syrian Refugee Affairs Directorate (SRAD) and the Jordanian Armed Forces, to assist the Government in responding to emergencies, as well as providing safety and security to Syrian refugees and Jordanians alike.
The new projects supported by the Government of Japan will donate essential vehicles to better support the provision of quality services for, and safe transport of, arriving Syrian refugees. The contribution will also be used to purchase paramedic ambulances and other equipment for use by SRAD in Za'atari Refugee Camp and host communities. Japan will furthermore support the establishment of a Centre for Moderation and Counter Extremism in one of the country's northern governorates, which will aim to become a regional hub for trainings and awareness-raising activities to promote moderate voices.
"We hope that the new Japanese funded projects will help in mitigating the challenges that Jordan faces as a result of hosting large numbers of Syrian refugees," said H.E. Mr. Shuichi Sakurai, Ambassador of Japan.
UNOPS has been supporting the Government of Jordan's response to the Syrian refugee crisis since 2013, with projects both inside and outside of refugee camps.
The Government of Jordan now hosts nearly 635,324 registered Syrian refugees, and estimates over 1.3 million Syrians in total in the country.