UNRWA, founded as a humanitarian agency over half a century ago, has subordinated its role as a service provider to a political agenda.

The only UN agency dedicated exclusively to one group of refugees, it operates with extraordinary autonomy and has established its own unique and expansive.

In some instances this agency functions in defiance of customary international law and normative organizational procedure. Its administrative practices are problematic: It duplicates services, provides services to those not covered by its mandate and misrepresents the number of persons it serves.

As a result of its policies, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, who would not be counted as refugees anywhere else in the world are registered by UNRWA.

UNRWA: A Hard Look at an Agency in Trouble