Because of the exceptional financial shortages of UNRWA in 2016 and 2017, Switzerland made two additional unearmarked contributions to UNRWA’s Programme Budget -- CHF 2.1 Mio for 2016 and CHF 2 Mio for 2017. Through these contributions, Switzerland contributed to the collective efforts of several donors and enabled UNRWA to bridge its financial gap in 2016, preventing reduction of services.
In addition, Switzerland contributed to the 2016 Emergency Appeal for the occupied Palestinian territory with an amount of CHF 1.3 Mio to support refugees in the Gaza Strip who are still displaced following the 2014 conflict, as well as those in the West Bank who are facing acute protection threats. The aim of the Emergency Appeals is to respond to the humanitarian needs of refugees directly affected by he conflict.
Finally, Switzerland made an additional contribution to the project Protection reform of CHF 0.6 Mio, bringing its dedicated support to reform process, which aims at increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of UNRWA, to CHF 1.9 Mio for 2016-17.