US Pledges a Contribution of US$20 Million to the SRTF

Washington D.C. – Thursday, 13 July 2017 – The SRTF announced today that the United States of America has pledged an additional contribution of US$20 million to the resources of the SRTF. The pledge was made during an Extraordinary Meeting of the SRTF Steering Board (SB) hosted by USAID in Washington DC on Monday. This brings the total US contribution to the SRTF up to US$ 60 million.

 

USAID affirmed that the new US contribution would support SRTF stabilization efforts in Syria, building on the important role played by SRTF in alleviating the suffering of the Syrian people. The new US contribution will support SRTF stabilization interventions in newly liberated areas through the SRTF “Filling the Void” programme.

 

Hailing the US pledge, Eng. Hani Khabbaz, Director-General of the SRTF said: “The US additional contribution is yet another gesture of generous support to the Syrian people.” He added: “This is the fourth contribution made by the USA to the SRTF since its establishment in 2013.” The US contributed US $15 million to the initial SRTF resources, paid an additional contribution of US $15 million in 2015 and extended a third additional contribution of US $10 million last year.

 

The SRTF Director-General thanked the United States and USAID for the confidence they place in the SRTF as an effective instrument to deliver desperately needed assistance to restore essential services and stabilize local communities in opposition held areas of Syria. The SRTF rehabilitates and expands electrical grids and water networks; refurbishes medical facilities; provides needed medical equipment and supplies and provides the mills and lab equipment to produce flour for bakeries.

 

The new US contribution brings the total amount of contributions from all 12 SRTF donor countries up to approximately EUR 190 million (about US$ 215 million). The other donor countries are German, United Arab Emirates, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Japan, United Kingdom, Kuwait, France, Italy and the Netherlands. Turkey and Jordan are also members and host countries of the SRTF.

 

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