Business Guide: North-East Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia: Prevent Famine and Support Response

CRISIS OVERVIEW

Pooled funds are considered to be one of the most efficient mechanisms of humanitarian financing as they reduce transaction costs and allow for a better prioritization of assistance among different organizations. They enable humanitarian partners operating in countries affected by natural disasters and armed conflict to quickly deliver flexible and effective life-saving assistance to people who need it the most. You can contribute to two main types of pooled funds:

MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO A POOLED FUND

More than 20 million people in North-East Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia are facing famine or a credible risk of famine over the coming six months. Some 1.4 million children are currently at imminent risk of death from malnutrition. To avert a major humanitarian catastrophe the United Nations and its partners must massively scale up efforts now. To do this, humanitarian operations in the four countries require more than US$5.6 billion in 2017, of which at least US$4.4 billion are required urgently.

COUNTRY-BASED POOLED FUNDS (CBPF)

A Country-Based Pooled Fund (CBPF) is dedicated to a specific country. Funds are allocated to UN agencies, national and international NGOs and Red Cross/Red Crescent organizations based on thorough in-country consultations and prioritized to meet top humanitarian needs and priorities. To contribute to individual funds for Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen, please go to the links below:

Nigeria: http://bit.ly/GiveToNigeria
South Sudan: http://bit.ly/GiveToSSudan
Somalia: http://bit.ly/GiveToSomalia
Yemen: bit.ly/GiveToYemen

To find out more about contributions to and allocations from pooled funds for Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia please click: https://gms.unocha.org/content/cbpf-contributions

IN-KIND AND SERVICE SUPPORT

The United Nations urges donors to make cash rather than in-kind donations for maximum speed and flexibility, and to ensure the most appropriate aid is delivered effectively to those most in need. Companies that have employees, suppliers, customers in the region, or those with existing agreements with responding humanitarian organizations, should reach out to and provide support to these groups directly.

For in-kind donations or pro-bono services that your company can provide, please go to https://business.un.org/en/disasters/7677 or write to pss@un.org.

Please be as specific as possible with what you wish to donate, including the time-frame for delivery and any other conditions. We will then guide you to the most appropriate organizations. Companies with employees, suppliers, customers in the region, or those with existing agreements with responding

COMMERCIAL OFFERS

If your offer is commercial in nature, please go to: www.ungm.org for more information humanitarian organizations should reach out and provide support directly to these groups.

HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE PLANS

A Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) is developed for any humanitarian crisis that requires humanitarian assistance. It builds upon a humanitarian needs overview which provides an analysis of the magnitude of the crisis and identifies the most pressing humanitarian needs.

The plans for Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen identify prioritized needs in the food and livelihoods, nutrition, health, water and sanitation sectors.

The full plans are available here:

Nigeria: http://bit.ly/NigeriaHRP2017
South Sudan: http://bit.ly/SouthSudanHRP201
Somalia: http://bit.ly/SomaliaHRP2017
Yemen: http://bit.ly/YemenHRP2017

OCHA manages the Financial Tracking Service (FTS), which records all reported humanitarian contributions including cash and in-kind donations. Its aim is to record the total amount of funding and resource gaps in humanitarian crises.

To give credit and visibility for your generosity please report your contributions to fts@un.org and pss@un.org If your contribution is in-kind, please refer to the guide to valuation of in-kind contributions from the private sector here:

www.humanitarianresponse.info/ru/programme-cycle/space/document/guide-va...

Critical Reminders

  • The UN Secretary-General encourages companies to coordinate their response efforts with the United Nations and the relevant governments in order to ensure coherence with priorities and to minimize gaps and any duplication with the other responders. All responders are encouraged to source supplies locally whenever possible to help stimulate the economy and speed up recovery.

  • All response activities should be guided by the humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence. Engagement with local stakeholders is crucial to corporate engagement in humanitarian response. Relief efforts succeed when they collaboratively mobilize civil society.

  • Business contributions to the UN response efforts must comply with the Guidelines on Cooperation between the UN and the Business Sector www.business.un.org/en/documents/guidelines Business can obtain more information on partnering with the UN in response to this crisis at https://business.un.org/en/disasters/7677

RECOGNIZING YOUR CONTRIBUTION

OCHA manages the Financial Tracking Service (FTS), which records all reported humanitarian contributions including cash and in-kind donations. Its aim is to record the total amount of funding and resource gaps in humanitarian crises.

To give credit and visibility for your generosity please report your contributions to fts@un.org and pss@un.org

If your contribution is in-kind, please refer to the guide to valuation of in-kind contributions from the private sector here:

www.humanitarianresponse.info/ru/programme-cycle/space/document/guide-va...

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.