Darfur Appeal 2013
According to the United Nations (UN) a total of 3.4 million people in Darfur are in need of humanitarian assistance, a figure which includes 1.4 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in camps receiving food aid.
Now in its ninth year of continuous operation, the NCA Darfur Programme (hereafter the Darfur Programme) supported by the ACT Alliance and Caritas Internationalis (CI), seeks funding through the 2013 Appeal to enable the Programme to adapt to significant changes and challenges in the context while continuing to provide vital services to more than 500,000 beneficiaries in the states of South, Central and East Darfur. The two key priorities within the Appeal are:
To place Livelihoods at the centre of the Programme so as to create a more integrated approach that strengthens community resilience
To prepare the Programme for the likelihood of a ruling by the Government of Sudan (GoS) that will require a move to ‘no direct implementation by international non-governmental organisations (INGOs)’
Despite the initial implementation of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur and the establishment of the Darfur Regional Authority a comprehensive peace settlement involving all the rebel movements and armed groups remains absent and insecurity continues to affect the ability to deliver humanitarian assistance. In West Darfur, however, the security situation has improved, and returns have taken place, though the seasonality and sustainability of these returns is unclear, and while UN figures show that 105,000 people returned to their areas of origin in Darfur during 2012, 114,000 new displacements took place over the same period. Poverty levels in Darfur remain among the highest in Sudan and are being intensified by the effects of a deepening national economic crisis and a decline in international funding levels for humanitarian programmes in Darfur. Malnutrition rates remain above the 15% international emergency threshold for acute malnutrition in the majority of locations and Darfur is currently experiencing a significant Yellow Fever outbreak. While the situation has evolved significantly from the emergency phase of 2003-2006, it remains one of continuing humanitarian need.
The Darfur Programme experienced profound challenges during 2012. One challenge was the departure of staff of South Sudanese origin to South Sudan prior to the April 2012 deadline, which had a significant impact on Sudanaid though Sudan Council of Churches (SCC) and NCA were also affected.
The closure of Sudanaid in April 2012 was a severe blow to the Programme as Sudanaid had been a trustworthy and effective partner since December 2004. Following a request by the Diocese of El Obeid, NCA has in late 2012 taken over the management of the clinics previously managed by Sudanaid and will support the Diocese and Parish to reopen the Hai Cinema clinic in Nyala. In early 2013 the Programme will review options for consolidating Sudanaid’s achievements in the Education and Justice and Peace Sectors and the Programme is committed to exploring ways to support the Diocese and its social programmes in Darfur.