EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian crisis



EU Regional Trust Fund in
Response to the Syrian Crisis
The Trust Fund at a Glance
Introduction Video


Since its establishment in December 2014, an increasing share of the EU's support for Syrian refugees and Syria's neighbouring countries is provided through the EU Regional Trust Fund.
  • Flexibility through regional scale

    Enabling multi-country as well as local synergies.

  • Bridging

    The humanitarian-development nexus with quick-impact as well as multi-year programmes.

  • Strategic partnerships

    With donors, host countries, and implementing partners through inclusive governance in the Board and multi-partner actions.

  • Adaptable

    Capable to respond timely to shifting needs and new developments in the region.

  • Critical mass and efficiency

    Maximising impact through pooling of funds from across the EU budget & donors, large programmes and low transaction cost (less  than 1%).

  • Forward planning

    Potential post-crisis funding tool in support of voluntary return & recovery.

Our Impact: Voices from the ground
Every human being has the right to learn

Mustafa is from Syria and now lives in Tripoli with his two children, Mhammad, three, and Maryam, five.

Maryam goes to kindergarten while Mhammad follows the activities promoted by the Back to the Future programme at the Al-Nejmeh centre in Tripoli, Lebanon. “My son could not be admitted to a state kindergarten, but I simply couldn’t let him stay at home for another year. He needed to mix with other children, learn things and feed his brain,” Mustafa explains. When he found out about the programme, he immediately registered his son.

Mustafa really cares about education and wants his children...

In the news

For most people in the UK, Brussels is all about the ongoing Brexit delays. What hasn’t made the news is the other important issues being discussed in the European Parliament. In March, I stood in front of a thousand people in the Belgian capital, including world leaders and delegates from 56 countries. I was there to tell them how the Syria crisis has affected my life.


Islamic Relief Lebanon celebrated the Child’s Day on the 22nd of March, 2019. The event is part of the EU MADAD Fund programme "YOUTH RESOLVE", which aims to improve the resilience, opportunities, social cohesion, livelihood, empowerment, and education among and for youth in Lebanon, Iraq, and Jordan.


Elouise Hobbs, who grew up in Cranbourne and is currently world news officer at CAFOD (Catholic Agency For Overseas Development), met with refugees whose lives have been put on pause by the conflict in Syria. The 24-year-old met refugees who are being supported by projects funded by the EU MADAD Trust fund

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