What We Do

Infrastructure & Camp Improvement
Infrastructure & Camp Improvement

Of the some 5 million Palestine refugees registered with our Agency, roughly one third live in 58 recognized refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Improving Conditions

Standards of living and socioeconomic development cannot be separated from the living conditions of Palestine refugees—the quality of the camp’s physical environment has a direct bearing on the quality of everyday life. 

As each Palestine refugee camp is unique, we tailor camp improvement plans to the needs of residents. In addition to houses, we rehabilitate public spaces, schools, and clinics. Recognizing the special needs of people with disabilities, our improvements include accessible roads and pathways throughout camps. 

In addition to proactive improvements, our programme rebuilds camps that have been destroyed or damaged through armed conflict and natural disasters. In these times of emergency, UNRWA also provides immediate temporary housing and direct assistance such as water, sanitation and electricity. 

We also work to upgrade the critically substandard shelters of the most vulnerable Palestine refugees. In Jordan alone, 500 substandard shelters have been earmarked for urgent upgrading. UNRWA’s response to basic housing needs is coordinated with host governments in line with their national, regional and municipal plans.

In order to promote a safe and healthy urban environment for Palestine refugees and control outbreaks of water-borne diseases such as diarrhoea, cholera and hepatitis, we work in collaboration with host authorities to ensure access to safe drinking water through comprehensive water-supply networks. The provision of sewerage systems, waste removal services, storm-water drainage and rodent-control services combats the spread of sanitation- and hygiene-related diseases. Electrical infrastructure, access roads and footpath networks are also maintained.