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Qudra responds to the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War.
Qudra works with refugees, IDPs and host communities in Jordan, Lebanon, North Iraq, and Turkey
Qudra works to strengthen the resilience of Syrian refugees, IDPs and host communities
Qudra works on expanding and improving basic vocational skills
Qudra works on improving school infrastructure and access to extracurricular activities

‘Qudra – Resilience for Syrian refugees, IDPs and host communities in response to the Syrian and Iraqi crises’ is a regional action financed by the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis, the ‚Madad‘ Fund and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), seeking to strengthen the resilience of Syrian refugees, IDPs and host communities in response to the Syrian and Iraqi crises.

Qudra – an Arabic word meaning ‘strength’, ‘ability’ or ‘resilience’ – was launched in June 2016 and since then, the programme is being jointly implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Expertise France (EF) and Spanish Agency for International Development (AECID) in programme partner countries of Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and North Iraq. All three agencies, by pooling their experience and resources, endeavour to achieve a coherent concept and implementation in order to contribute to a shared European solution to the ongoing refugee crisis in the region.


The Syrian conflict has triggered the largest humanitarian crisis in modern history. Refugees from Syria are now the biggest refugee population from one single conflict in a generation, with over 5 million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries and else where.

Countries bordering Syria host the majority of these refugees; Lebanon and Jordan host the largest per capita refugee population worldwide, whilst Turkey has to accommodate the world’s largest number of refugees in a single country.

With the growing influx of refugees, the capacities of these countries in effectively responding to the refugee crisis are stretched to the limits. Most refugees in the neighbouring countries of Syria face similar challenges with regard to their status in relation to protection and access to public services, education and the labour market.

It is in this context that Qudra is working closely with programme partner countries of Jordan, Lebanon, North Iraq and Turkey in an overall aim to strengthen the resilience of host communities, refugees and displaced persons.

Qudra aims to strengthen the resilience of host communities, refugees, and displaced persons in five key areas:

  • Improving school infrastructure and access to extracurricular activities;
  • Expanding and improving basic vocational skills;
  • Strengthening social cohesion through community-based services;
  • Strengthening the capacities of local administrations;
  • Promoting dialogue and exchange of experience on policies conducive to enhanced resilience of refugees, IDPs and host communities