Improving Urban Resilience in Cities Impacted by the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Jordan

Grant Amount

$500,000

Start Date

01/2017

Expected Completion Date

06/2019
(Ongoing)

Funding Source

MDTF
About this Grant

This project aims to use hazard risk profiling to inform improvements in overall urban resilience in cities in Jordan that have been affected by the Syrian refugee crisis. It will leverage work underway by UNHABITAT and other partners to map the risk profiles of municipalities. It will also undertake additional assessments of the overall social cohesion, governance systems, fiscal, infrastructure, and service delivery in selected municipalities. Project activities will help develop and implement local emergency and risk management plans. The goal is to mitigate critical natural and man-made risks and vulnerabilities to internal and external shocks tied to social cohesion, governance, service delivery, economic, and fiscal dynamics. Based on results, the project will also identify adjustments and investments necessary to improve living conditions for both host communities and refugees in these cities.

Implementation Status

With the support of UNHABITAT, hazard risk mapping has been undertaken for a select number of municipalities impacted by the Syrian refugee crisis. Based on this mapping, proposals have been prepared for enhancing the institutional capacity of municipalities in managing different types of risks identified. These proposals will be further developed through the support of this activity. In parallel, the task team is preparing terms of reference (TORs) for developing an operational guidance note on how to enhance social resilience building on the risk management framework, supported by HABITAT and the World Bank’s Municipal Services and Social Resilience Project. The activity is also financing a study on enhancing urban resilience to address urban displacement challenges resulting from conflict.

Outputs

Hazard risk mapping; proposals prepared for enhancing the institutional capacity of municipalities in managing types of risks identified; TORs prepared to develop an operational guidance note