Summary & Background:
Brief No. 6 is one of a set of three BADIL Briefs (No. 5-7), which examine the special regime (outlined in Brief No. 1) established by the United Nations to provide protection and assistance for Palestinian refugees and promote a durable solution based on the provisions of UN Resolution 194 (III). Briefs 5 and 7 provide an overview of the UN Conciliation Commission for Palestine (UNCCP) and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
This Brief examines the work of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) established in 1949 to provide assistance for Palestinian refugees. The Brief examines the future role of UNRWA in a durable solution for Palestinian refugees. Based on a review of the Agency’s mandate, experience, and institutional resource, UNRWA could play a useful functional role in a multi-agency, international burden-sharing effort in the areas of refugee protection, human resource development, social infrastructure development, and institutional capacity building. Brief No. 6 is based on a paper prepared for a workshop on the Future of UNRWA organized by the Palestinian Refugee ResearchNet and the Royal Institute of International Affairs in Minster-Lovell, UK, 19-20 February 2000.