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With the Syria crisis entering its fourth year, the resources of many longer term Syrian refugees in Jordan are being depleted, while other Syrians are just arriving—often with few resources. With increasing needs, the capacities of Jordanian service providers, community-based organizations, and humanitarian actors are stretched. Setting the right programme priorities and identifying the most vulnerable households thus is now more important than ever to ensure different groups—particularly the most vulnerable Syrian men, women, girls, and boys—receive the assistance they need while awaiting return.

The present study aims to enhance all stakeholders’ understanding of the needs, vulnerabilities, and capacities of Syrian refugees and vulnerable hostcommunity members across the four urban areas in Jordan that host the largest number of refugees—Amman, Irbid, Mufraq, and Zarqa. The goal is to contribute to the growing data available by providing community views on needs, vulnerabilities, and capacities, as well as by identifying trends by comparing data with results from the two baseline studies that CARE conducted on the situation of urban refugees in Amman (2012) and in Irbid, Madaba, Mufraq, and Zarqa (2013). 

With the crisis becoming protracted, the effects on vulnerable host communities and on community relations increasingly demand all stakeholders’ attention. As the present study shows, Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanian families often share common concerns and needs, and they frequently extend support to each other. Therefore, midterm program options need to be developed that both help maintain community relations and ensure vulnerable Jordanian and Syrian families receive the support they need and do not feel they are competing over resources and access to services.

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TUUNGANE (Community Driven Reconstruction) is a consortium project carried out with the International Rescue Committee (IRC). CARE implements TUUNGANE in Maniema province. The purpose of the project is to support local communities to improve their socio-economic well-being through community managed reconstruction projects and the promotion of good governance and citizen inclusion as a means to improve social cohesion.

  • The first phase (2007 – 2010) focused on supporting communities to democratically elect 1,251 Village Development Committees and 280 Community Development Committees (CDC) to manage community reconstruction projects. Among other strategies, community scorecards were used and spaces for dialogue between communities and service providers were facilitated to discuss the outcomes of the citizens' oversight.
  • The second phase (2011 – 2014) aims to strengthen the relationship between communities and local authorities through Entité Territoriale Decentralisée (ETD – district councils) at the secteur level. The project has decided to focus attention on the four best performing ETDs, and attempting to incentivize 'good governance' through the provision of equipment to the winners. In order to achieve this, the final four selected ETDs stand to gain more than $100,000 of investment to fund development plans created through this process.
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CARE International UK is a champion of using theories of change (ToCs) in peacebuilding design, monitoring and evaluation as part of a strategic approach to peacebuilding that includes using conflict analysis, linking to the work of others and working towards a clear vision of peace. Over the past two years a team of CIUK trainers has been supporting the British High Commission to build the ToC skills of local NGOs working in Pakistan and India. The aim of this training is to support partners to articulate and evaluate their new ideas for how to help lower tensions in the region. An added bonus is that the trainers end up learning as much as they teach.

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Coinciding with the March 2014 Commission on the Status of Women taking place in New York, which is focussing on gender in the Millennium Development Goals, this policy brief provides suggestions on how to best enable progress on gender equality in the areas that have seen least progress since 2000.

CARE is calling for a standalone gender goal post 2015 and believes that social protection, tackling the unpaid care economy and enhanced social accountability are just some of the transformational policy choices needed to be made by states to really achieve gender equality.

 

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Leaving aside outcomes and outputs, and M&E plans, and monitoring and analysis tools, and all that comprises a workshop, by far the most immediate, energising and perhaps memorable outcome is the opportunity to learn from colleagues in ways that advances your understanding of your bit of the world.

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The World Bank is starting to put the money behind its thinking on Fragile States. However, as a 10-year evaluation of its work in fragile and conflict affected states shows, getting the finance might have been the easy part.

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As Conflict Policy Advisor for CARE International UK, I'm currently in Amman, Jordan, responding to the crisis in Syria. Now, as Kuwait II or the Second International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria comes to a close I'm taking the opportunity to review the conference, as well as the expectations and hopes of humanitarian agencies like CARE.

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