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Resilience and Social Cohesion Programme (RSCP)

The “Resilience and Social Cohesion Programme (RSCP) - Strengthening the resilience of host communities and Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq (Kurdistan)” is a regional programme funded by the European Union through the “MADAD” Trust Fund and implemented by AICS and AFD (Agence Française de Développement).

RSCP’s main objective is to improve the coverage and quality of basic social services provided to the host communities affected by the influx of Syrian refugees, as well as to the Syrian refugees (and IDPs in KRI), while empowering local communities socially and economically and decreasing inter and intra-community tensions.

Moreover, in line with national priorities (crisis response plans), it aims at building the capacities of national institutions, both at central and local levels, and at strengthening the role of the civil society (NGOs and CSOs), providing effective instruments to enable the development of medium-long term sustainable delivery solutions.

The Programme includes three complementary components:

  1. Direct support to municipalities and local authorities
    implemented by AICS

    To strengthen the access to basic services through investments in basic social infrastructures and labour-intensive public works. The first component is implemented by AICS, involving directly the local authorities in the implementation of grant projects, which are selected and awarded through calls for proposals. The calls for proposals indicate the fields of intervention, the eligible applicants, the minimum and maximum ceiling for each project and the specific timeframe, bearing in mind the resilience/stabilization focus of the Programme.

  2. Indirect support to municipalities and local authorities
    implemented by AFD

    Through projects implemented by the civil society (four coalitions of international NGOs working in partnership with local NGOs/CSOs) to improve the delivery of health, psychosocial, education and WASH services addressed to the most vulnerable groups within the refugee, internally displaced and hosting communities, as well as to enhance inter-community dialogue and social cohesion. A specific focus on capacity building of local NGOs and CSOs as well as local and national authorities and public and private service-providers is promoted, in order to ensure sustainability and create the conditions for the future exit strategy of the International donors and implementing organisations. The second component is implemented by AFD.

  3. Technical assistance and Capacity/ Institutional building component
    implemented jointly by AICS and AFD

    Implemented at all levels through the platform provided by the Programme Governance Structure (PGS), aiming at managing the Programme, as well as exchanging good practices between the different institutional stakeholders. The PGS includes three National Steering Committees (one in each target Country) and a Regional Technical Secretariat. The third component is implemented jointly by AICS and AFD.