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Jul 1, 2022

Claims That 80% of Cash Aid in Syria Is Siphoned Off

In a report from New Lines Magazine, senior Syrian Arab Red Crescent staff told Nidal Betare and Sasha Ghosh-Siminoff that over 80% of UN-facilitated cash-based assistance in the country is siphoned off.

In 2021 alone, $116 million USD was spent on cash and voucher-based programs.


https://reliefweb.int/report/syrian-arab-republic/syrian-arab-republic-cash-and-voucher-assistance-cva-jan-dec-2021


Cash-based assistance, while more efficient and helpful than in-kind assistance in ordinary circumstances, should be deprioritized in Syria because of:

• the gap between UN and black market rates

• low tractability

• the sanctions on the Central Bank


But donors are doing the opposite.


Link to the Newlines Magazine report

https://newlinesinstitute.org/human-security/a-crisis-of-conscience-aid-diversion-in-syria-and-the-impact-on-the-international-aid-system/

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