Abyan and the South Humanitarian and Early Recovery Response Plan - August 2012
In the South, the fighting in Abyan has displaced nearly 237,000 individuals (39,500 households) and damaged the livelihood of another 180,000-210,000 individuals (30,000-35,000 households). The conflict has had spill-over effects not only in conflict-affected communities but in the southern region as a whole. Civil unrest, in some instances involving violence, has severely disrupted the delivery of basic social services, exacerbating widespread and chronic vulnerabilities. Therefore, a sustained and expanded humanitarian action across the South is critical.
This document is an interagency response plan for the emerging humanitarian and recovery needs of IDPs, host communities, war affected and returnees in Abyan, as well as other southern governorates such as Aden and Lahj. The current version of this response plan is additional but complementary to the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan for 2012. This response plan is for the upcoming 6 months, although some projects will last longer, in subsequent phases. It covers projects in eight clusters with a total sum of 91,5511,607 USD While there is a pressing need to increase assistance in Abyan, safety and security remain a paramount concern for both those in need of assistance and those providing it. The humanitarian community has now concluded on the planning phase and now firmly undertaking a coordinated response for sustainable recovery.
This plan is mainly focused on life saving and early recovery interventions. While rehabilitation of small infrastructure and minor repairs for key service infrastructure are planned, this plan will not cover major infrastructure reconstruction and development needs which also need to be addressed. When conditions are conducive to do so, other plans will need to be developed in that regard with other actors.
The plan focuses on meeting the priority needs of the most vulnerable, particularly in the areas of protection, child protection, shelter, non-food items (NFI), food security / nutrition, health, water and sanitation, education, and the first phase of early recovery. All of these are necessary to enable the return of IDPs, as well as to provide the foundations for long-term development.
This plan is a package of support designed to assist the government to fulfill its leading role in meeting the needs of its own citizens. As mandated, humanitarian partners will aim to address the most urgent priority needs.
It is important that all partners continue to work together to further prioritize interventions (geographic and specific sector programmes). The clusters have initiated mapping of the needs and available services at a sub-district level (so-called “humanitarian division”) in order to get as closer to the communities as possible in the geographic prioritization. The results of this exercise will be presented as the 3W.
A structured system for assessment and analysis is now in place. It has been agreed that one assessment tool will be used to collect initial assessment on the needs in Abyan and elsewhere. A formal structure for sharing assessment results with all partners and the government will be created and linked to a mapping resource at the sub-district level to enable effective geographic coordination and avoid gaps and overlaps in response. Please refer to Annex 2 for the details on conducted assessments and assessment trainings in the South.