The Saudi Fund for Development CEO, Sultan Al-Murshed, inaugurated a project to develop a renewable energy electricity network in the Azraq camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan.
The project is a grant from the Saudi Government worth US$9.2m through the Saudi Fund for Development, in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
The inauguration ceremony was attended by several senior Jordanian officials and representatives of UNHCR.
The Azraq camp project is considered the first of its kind in the world in renewable energy. It will provide clean energy for free to more than 54,000 Syrian refugees and electricity to more than 10,000 shelters by connecting all camp facilities to the electrical network.
Through the Saudi Fund for Development, Saudi Arabia contributed US$300m to support Syrian refugees and the governments hosting them while implementing 17 projects worth US$78m in cooperation with the High Commissioner.
For his part, Dr Mamoun Mohsen, Senior Regional External Relations Officer at UNHCR, thanked Saudi Arabia and the Saudi Fund for Development to support UNHCR.
It is noteworthy that the Saudi Fund for Development has a long history of supporting humanitarian issues, and it is one of the most important partners of the UN in supporting international humanitarian relief efforts.
Through the fund, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has contributed about US$1bn to support 14 international organizations operating under the umbrella of the UN.