Mid-Year Review of the Regional Response Plan for Iraqi Refugees 2012
The 2012 Regional Response Plan for Iraqi Refugees aims to provide a comprehensive and strategic framework for responding to the immediate and longer term needs of Iraqi refugees in 12 countries: the Syrian Arab Republic, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. Like the original RRP, the Mid-Year Review follows the principles of joint planning and represents a strategic response to the situation of the Iraqi refugees in the region. It is coordinated by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) owing to the particular nature of the operation and UNHCR’s refugee mandate.
The 2012 Iraqi Regional Response Plan Mid-Year Review brought together 30 national and international participating agencies and partners, including eight UN agencies to reassess their common objectives and to ensure the complementary nature of the response across agencies and across the region. As in previous plans and reviews, the overall process focused on the coordinated efforts of the humanitarian community to assist Iraqis displaced in the region and the means of achieving durable solutions for them. The coordination framework organized around the Working Groups previously set up was also maintained to preserve consistency and further expand the potential for rationalization.
Although humanitarian agencies participating in the response were generally able to report continued progress in their activities and agreed to maintain the overall direction of the strategic response, a major concern now centers on the deepening crisis in Syria. The repercussions have started to be felt in most of the countries hosting Iraqi refugees, starting with Syria itself where the delivery of services is becoming increasingly constrained. In addition to the political and socio-economic effects of the crisis on the needs of refugees and host communities, agencies are also likely to need to adapt their activities to the changing operational environment. To this end, it is essential that funding for the response is maintained and that donors’ priorities linked to events in the region do not detract from the protection achievements made over the past few years and from the enduring needs of vulnerable Iraqi refugees.