On Monday, India gave a UN agency a check for $2.5 million, the second instalment of its pledged $5 million yearly support. This money will go directly to the organization’s schools, health centres, and other basic services for Palestinian refugees.
Since 2018, India has donated $22.5 million to UNRWA, the agency that provides aid to Palestinian refugees in the Near East. A UN organisation called UNRWA promotes the welfare and advancement of Palestinian refugees.
According to the announcement made by Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan during an Extraordinary Virtual Ministerial Pledging Conference for UNRWA on June 23, 2020, India will give $10 million USD to UNRWA over the next two years.
As more Palestinian refugees are registered, their vulnerability grows, and as their poverty increases, UNRWA is seeing a rise in the demand for its services.
It is a United Nations organisation that was created by the General Assembly in 1949 with the responsibility of providing aid and protection to the approximately 5.6 million Palestine refugees who have registered with UNRWA across its five operational fields.
Services provided by UNRWA to Palestinian refugees include safety, microfinance, camp infrastructure and improvement, relief and social services, and education.
During Narendra Modi’s historic maiden visit as prime minister to Palestine in February 2018, India increased its annual financial contribution to the UNRWA core budget by four times, from $1.25 million to $5 million.
India has also strongly urged UNRWA’s other long-time donors to think about increasing their support as well as member states who are not donors to think about giving to the organisation in support of the Palestine refugees.
The Government of India has been thanked by UNRWA for its “unwavering support” in assisting the organization’s efforts to encourage the general human development of the disadvantaged population during “the most difficult times.”
Even during the pandemic, when the agency had enormous challenges in maintaining its services, other agency officials told PTI that India “made good on its commitment.”