Appendix 2
The Annual Reports of the Commissioner General

UNRWA's Annual Report is of approximately 50 pages. It gives records of the Agency's policy, as well as general developments in the Agency and the Agency programmes, financial matters, and statistical material, with the following tables:
  • Number of registered persons
  • Distribution of registered population
  • Number and distribution of Special Hardship Cases
  • Social service programme
  • Distribution of refugee pupils receiving education in UNRWA schools
  • Training places in UNRWA training centres
  • University scholarship-holders by faculty and country of study
  • Medical care services
  • Trends in utilization of out-patient clinics
  • Incidence trends of selected communicable diseases
  • Staff members arrested and detained
  • Casualties in the occupied territory
  • Contributions in cash and in kind by Governments and by the European Community
  • UNRWA in figures34

The Annual Report also accounts for personnel, the number of staff in the various departments and positions, and the number of internationals and Palestinians among these.

Since the first Annual Report in 1951, the amount of data presented in these reports have increased. The early reports describe the Agency's historical background and the inauguration of programmes, as well as background information about the refugees, such as the definition of the term refugee, the living conditions of the refugees, their morale, and so forth. The first Annual Reports also contain occupational information of the refugees derived from a survey the Agency carried out.

In the early reports, the Relief Programme is accounted for in some detail. The Agency's concern regarding its inherited refugee records and its efforts to cut ration distribution are discussed in this section. Tables show number of refugees on ration lists, of claimants for each host country, and numbers of rations provided in each of these. Other programmes such as Works Programme are also described both in terms of policy, and in tables presenting numbers of refugees engaged in various specified works projects. Information implicit in these data may be of historical interest: Work projects include road construction, afforestation, and bilharzia control to mention but a few, projects which inaugurations give indications of concerns of that particular time. Here is fascinating material for the interested reader.

34.) Table basically identical to the "UNRWA General Fact Sheet" described in Appendix 1, but without the following information; cost per elementary pupil, cost per preparatory pupil, family planning clinics, diabetes care clinics.

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