System Resiliency and the Jordan Response Platform for the Syria Crisis

By Colette Salemi
Submitted to Session P4826 (Vulnerability and Exclusion: Examining Access to Services and Institutions for Syrian Refugees and Residents of Cairo's Ashwayyat, 2017 Annual Meeting
Pol Science
Public Policy;
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The term "resilience" has become a central element of the government-managed Jordan Response to the Syria Crisis (JRPSC) initiative regulating the programmatic environment for Syrian refugees and affected Jordanian communities. It remains rather unclear what results the JRPSC anticipates from its invocations of resiliency and what sort of system resiliency will arise out of the current arrangement of aid-funded "resilience" interventions. Using a framework of social-ecological system resiliency derived from comparison across numerous disciplines, my paper discusses the potential motives behind resilience-labeled JRPSC programs as well as expected outcomes. My analysis exploits qualitative interviews with service providers as well as evaluations of two distinct policies: the internment of Syrian refugees in formal camps, and the new reforms surrounding legal Syrian labor in low-skilled sectors.