The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has long provided a safe haven to refugees from neighbouring countries. As a result of prolonged conflict in the Middle East, Jordan has hosted several waves of refugees and displaced people (Palestine, Iraq and Syria). This has had a significant impact on the population growth rate, leading to pressure on natural resources, growing income disparities and an increase in poverty. In 2016, Jordan’s population was projected to be 9.4 million, including 2,175,4913 Palestinian refugees, 668,123 registered Syrian refugees (29 July 2018), 66,873 registered Iraqi refugees (15 June 2018) more than 700,000 Syrians who were living in Jordan before the onset of the Syrian crisis in March 2011.
Jordan Red Crescent Society (JRCS) is among the leading national voluntary organizations in Jordan, responding to the needs of the refugees as well as local communities which have hosted refugees. With the support of the RC/RC Movement Partners, JRCS has been implementing programmes related to relief, health, psychosocial support, youth and supporting cash assistance for basic needs for refugees and host populations, as well as piloting livelihoods activities in 2016.
In the last two decades, IFRC has provided technical support to JRCS for implementing each programme. IFRC is a key and valued partner of the organizational development to the National Society. IFRC Jordan Country Office aims to increase the resilience of the Jordan Red Crescent Society in the sectors of Disaster Risk Reduction, Livelihoods, Health and Protection and Gender, in order to strenghten its capacity to reach the most vulnerable populations in Jordan.