Ottawa, Ontario - August 29, 2017

Canada is providing $45.3 million to empower grass roots women’s organizations and assist Jordanian and Lebanese communities in hosting over 1,660,000 registered Syrian refugees.

Improving municipal services and social resilience - $15M (2017 to 2021)

This contribution will improve municipal services and infrastructure in Jordanian municipalities that are hosting high numbers of Syrian refugees. Delivered in partnership with the World Bank Group and Jordan’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs, this funding will also help to increase women’s involvement in community level decision-making, improve their access to employment and services, and help municipal governments deliver gender-inclusive programs.

Improving solid waste management and income generation in host communities - $4.8 M (2017 to 2019)

Delivered in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme and Jordan’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs, this initiative will help improve the capacity and working conditions at Al-Akeidar, Jordan’s second-largest landfill. This contribution will also be used to establish a community-based recycling centre which will be operated by women of the northern region of Jordan.

Support for the Global Concessional Financing Facility - $20M (2017 to 2019)

This contribution will ensure that Jordan and Lebanon continue to have access to concessional-rate financing through the World Bank Group’s Global Concessional Financing Facility.  These low-cost loans will be used to finance public infrastructure that responds to the needs of Syrian refugees and the communities which host them.

The Middle East Women’s Voice and Leadership Program - $5.5M (2018 to 2023)

This contribution will advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. The funding will strengthen the capacity of a variety of grassroots women’s organizations to empower and defend the rights of women and girls. 

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