Still paying the price? Progress on addressing the Syria crisis since the London conference

Still paying the price? Progress on addressing the Syria crisis since the London conference

20 May 2016

In the run up to the World Humanitarian Summit, this report examines progress to date around funding and policy promises relating to resolving the Syrian crisis.

Since the Syria conflict began five years ago, over a quarter of a million people, perhaps twice that, have been killed. The country’s development has been put back by almost four decades. Half of Syria’s entire population

has been displaced, some people up to five different times.

On 4 February 2016 the UK, Norway, Germany, Kuwait and the UN co-hosted the “Supporting Syria and the Region” conference in London, taking a positive and innovative step towards a comprehensive plan to address the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time. Donors and governments made significant funding and policy pledges including:

  • Aid pledges totalling over $12 billion, with the capacity to support 4.7 million refugees in the region as well as those inside Syria
  • Policy commitments to create 1.1 million jobs in refugee hosting nations, to open up labour markets to refugees and to ensure ‘No Lost Generation’ by promising access to a quality education for 1.7 million refugee children for the 2016/17 school year.

Examining progress so far

The first official checkpoint on progress against these commitments comes at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) on 23­–24 May 2016. Whilst acknowledging only three months have passed, this report aims to shine a light on progress so far and hold donors and governments accountable for both their financial and policy related promises. It also seeks to get an on the ground perspective from both Syrians and people working to support them, based on field surveys conducted between 5­–13 May 2016 by Concern Worldwide, Christian Aid and Islamic Relief.

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A refugee family from Syria living in Lebanon. Abbie Trayler-Smith/Panos Pictures for Concern Worldwide/2015

Still paying the price? Progress on addressing the Syria crisis since the London conference

In the run up to the World Humanitarian Summit, this report examines progress to date around funding and policy promises relating to resolving the Syrian crisis.