More than eight out of ten refugees flee to neighbouring countries, and these are often among the poorest in the world. GIZ supports the receiving regions in developing countries and emerging economies with projects that benefit refugees and the local population alike. This not only diffuses potential conflicts, but also creates long-term prospects for all.

Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled from the civil war in their own country into neighbouring Jordan. Here we provide support in using the scarce water resources to supply both the local population and the refugees. To this end, GIZ works with Islamic clerics to enhance awareness on using water economically. In addition, Syrian and Jordanian women are trained as plumbers together in mixed groups. They help residents repair broken water pipes and save water. At the same time the women earn an income, which benefits their families in the long term.