India has pledged to donate $5 Million in 2019 to United Nation Palestine refugee agency. This move comes amid India voiced its concern over the agency. This move comes amid India voiced its concern over agency’s financial situation and called for ensuring sustained financial support for its work.
In the time of UN General Assembly (UNGA) Ad Hoc Committee meeting for Voluntary donation to United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugee in the Near East (UNRWA) in June 2019, India informed that it has raised its annual financial contribution fourfold to UNRWA core budget from $1.25 Million in 2016 to $5 million in 2018 in solidarity with Palestine refugees. Every year Government of India is helping 150 Palestinian professionals under Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) program. In the past 5 years under India-Palestine Development association, various agreements have been signed in fields of IT, agriculture, healthcare, women’s empowerment, media, consular affairs, and youth affairs.
It is a helping and human development agency that was set on 8 December 1949. Since 1950 it has been giving relief, social services, education, and health as well as emergency humanitarian assistance. It aids registered Palestinian refugees, and their patrilineal descendants, who fled/expelled their shelters during Palestine war (1948) and those who fled/expelled during and following Six Day war (1967). At present Agency work for 5.4 million Palestinian refugees 20% of the world’s refugees. It gives aid in 5 fields of operation– Syria, West Bank (including East Jerusalem), Jordan, Lebanon, and Gaza Strip. Help for Palestinian refugees outside these 5 areas of operation is given by UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). The meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee, set up by the UN General Assembly is the primary forum for declaring financial support. At this year’s meet, a total of 23 donors declared contributions or their will to contribute, to UNRWA’s 2019 budget. Almost all of UNRWA’s resources come from voluntary contributions, with a limited donor base of traditional donors.