The Programme “Qudra – Resilience for Syrian refugees, IDPs and host communities in response to the Syrian and Iraqi crises” is financed from the EU Regional Trust Fund 'Madad' (Madad Fund) with EUR 70.6 million and a bilateral contribution from Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in the amount of EUR 3.4 million from June 2016 until June 2019.
It seeks to strengthen local resilience capacities in the affected neighbouring countries of Syria by supporting stabilisation and resilience of refugees and host communities in five modules: education infrastructure, skills training, social cohesion, supporting local administration, facilitating dialogue and dissemination. The Qudra programme is implemented by a group of EU Member State Agencies (EU MSA), including GIZ, Expertise France (EF), and AECID.
At the center of the robust EU aid response to the Syrian refugee crisis, the EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis, supports up to 1,5 million Syrian refugees and their host communities in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and the Western Balkans.
Since its establishment in December 2014, an increasing share of the EU's non-humanitarian support to Syria's neighbouring countries is provided through the EU Trust Fund.
The Trust Fund reinforces the integrated EU aid response to the crisis and primarily addresses longer term educational, economic and social needsof Syrian refugees and overstretched host communities and their administrations in neighbouring countries such as Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. The Trust Fund is a key instrument to deliver the EU's pledges for the crisis made at the London conference on Syria in 2016 and the Brussels conference in April 2017, and also underpins the special EU Compacts agreedwith Jordan and Lebanon for assistance this protracted refugee crisis.
The Trust Fund's scope has been expanded to also cover support to IDP's in Iraq fleeing from the interlinked Syria/Iraq/Da'esh crisis, to provide flexibility to support affected countries also with hosting non-Syrian refugees, and to provide support in the Western Balkans to non-EU countries affected by the refugee crisis.
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) aims freedom and security for all; a life without poverty, fear and environmental destruction – to move a little closer to this goal, that is the aim of Germany's development policy. The guiding principles of Germany's development cooperation will be protecting human rights and fostering the developing countries' sense of ownership and ability to help themselves.
The German government is actively engaged, in close cooperation with the international community, in combating poverty, securing food, establishing peace, freedom, democracy and human rights, shaping globalisation in a socially equitable manner, and preserving the environment and natural resources.
Development cooperation is one of the most important instruments for achieving these goals. The German government regards it as an imperative of humanity and of reason. Development cooperation guarantees a future for people in developing countries – and thus for everyone else, too.
When Germany provides a developing country with a low-interest loan, when German experts advise the government of a partner country on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) or when private German organisations carry out projects in developing countries, these are all approaches involving direct development cooperation between Germany and its partners. Besides engaging in such bilateral development cooperation activities, Germany is also involved in activities for the benefit of the developing countries at the international level – for example, through the EU's development policy and by supporting international organisations such as the United Nations.
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a federal enterprise with worldwide operations. GIZ supports the German Government in the fields of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education. Through its work GIZ assists people and societies in shaping their own future and improving living conditions.
Expertise France is the French public agency for international technical assistance. It aims at contributing to sustainable development based on solidarity and inclusiveness, mainly through enhancing the quality of public policies within the partner countries. Expertise France designs and implements cooperation projects addressing skills transfers between professionals. The agency also develops integrated offers, assembling public and private expertise in order to respond to the partner countries‘ needs.
Spanish Agency for International Development (AECID) is a Public Law Entity attached to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. AECID is responsible for the development and management of the Spanish policies for development cooperation, aimed at reducing poverty and achieving sustainable human development in partners countries. To these end, AECID provides technical, economic and financial cooperation, as well as, humanitarian aid.
CFI is the cooperation agency of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs tasked with coordinating and implementing France’s aid policy for the development of media in the South. It provides assistance to stakeholders, both public and private, in the media industry with the aim of strengthening the processes of modernisation and democratization, a cause to which France is committed.
The Fundación Internacional y para Iberoamérica de Administración y Políticas Públicas (FIIAPP) is a public operator, part of the Spanish international cooperation system. It works at the service of public administrations, managing the participation of their different bodies in international technical cooperation projects and programmes. FIIAPP aims at improving the institutional framework and functioning of public systems of the countries where it works, through projects that promote the exchange of experiences between administrations. It supports the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of public policies, as well as the administrative organization and development of legislation.