Middle East Peace Process

Scholarship Fund for Palestinian Refugee Women in Lebanon

As 'Gavel' of the Refugee Working Group (RWG), Canada has engaged in activities seeking to produce tangible benefits for Palestinian refugees without prejudice to their rights and future status. A Canadian-led International Mission to Refugee Camps in Lebanon in 1997 noted in its report the desirability of enhanced scholarship programmes for Palestinian refugees. Given the severe poverty which the refugee community faces in Lebanon, Palestinian refugee students who complete secondary school find continuing their studies prohibitive because of the cost of university study. While the need for post-secondary scholarships for all Palestinian refugees is large and increasing, the barriers to higher education put women at a distinct disadvantage.

For these reasons, Canada has developed, with other donors, the Scholarship Fund for Palestinian Refugee Women in Lebanon. The Ottawa-based International Development Research Centre (IDRC) was selected to be Project Coordinator and Holder of the Funds. To date, a total of US $1,557,807 has been raised. The State of Qatar is a major donor to the Fund. Other donors are Canada (through the Canadian International Development Agency and IDRC), the OPEC Fund for International Development, the United States, France and Spain.

To learn more about the Scholarship Fund, please refer to IDRC's website at:
International Development Research Centre

Parties interested in contributing to the Fund should contact the Special Coordinator, Middle East Peace Process at:

Office of the Special Coordinator,
Middle East Peace Process (GXD)
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0G2
Tel.: (613) 944-0563
Fax: (613) 944-1200
E-mail: gxd@dfait-maeci.gc.ca