Paris, 17 April 2018 – 2017 was a record year in terms of RHP deliveries: altogether, some 5 000 vulnerable persons were provided with access to decent housing. In all, since 2014, the RHP has enabled 8 100 persons who had been displaced since the armed conflicts in the 1990s to gain access to dignified housing conditions.
In recognition of the Programme’s progress and its tangible impact on regional reconciliation, Donors made sizeable new contributions to the RHP in 2017. The United States of America provided a new contribution of USD 10 million, while Germany and Norway contributed an additional EUR 1.5 million each. The European Union, represented by the European Commission, committed an additional EUR 45 million, which will finance both housing solutions and implementation support measures.
In November 2017, in a joint statement, the RHP Partner Countries reiterated their continued commitment to the RHP and highlighted the Programme’s uniqueness as a post-conflict reconstruction programme both in the region and worldwide.
As more and more vulnerable families access a housing solution in their places of origin or displacement, more emphasis is being put on the sustainability prospects of the beneficiaries. In 2017, the RHP stakeholders agreed to analyse what gaps exist in terms of access to services, rights, etc. for RHP beneficiaries, and how and by whom they could be addressed.
In 2018, implementation is expected to further accelerate: the Programme should deliver housing to 9 000 persons, almost twice as many as in 2017.
Moreover, the delivery of homes will continue in subsequent years: by the time they are completed in 2020, the projects approved to date (24 in total) should make it possible to reach some 28 000 persons.
- 17 Apr, 2018
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