Yemen: Emergency Response Fund - July 2014
In July 2014, the Yemen ERF launched a ‘call for proposals’ to provide strategic funding to the highest-priority, underfunded projects in the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan. Eleven projects with a combined budget of US$3.5 million have been identified under the call for proposals. The funds will be disbursed in August. In July the ERF funded one emergency response project in Al Dhale’e, to build community-based protection networks and conduct awareness campaigns on child protection and gender-based violence for 550 displaced families and 14,000 families from host communities. The Humanitarian Coordinator has approved a total of 24 projects worth US$7.3 million for ERF funding between January and July 2014.
By end-July, the ERF had received generous support from Denmark ($3.7 million), the Republic of Korea ($0.3 million), Sweden ($4.4 million), and the United Kingdom ($3 million).
The Netherlands have pledged $2.7 million and the UK $0.9 million to the ERF - Between January and July, 30% ($2.2 million) of ERF allocations went to national NGOs, 57% ($4.2 million) to international NGOs, and 12% ($0.9 million) to UN agencies.
OCHA’s Humanitarian Financing Unit (HFU) conducted capacity assessments for four local NGOs, which were found to have the capacity necessary to implement humanitarian action.
The HFU conducted a training for 35 female staff of Yemeni NGOs, and held bilateral meetings with staff from a further seven national NGOs. The training covered general information about the fund, the ERF process, criteria for proposals and budgets, reporting and monitoring.
OCHA and DFID finalized a concept note for third-party monitoring of ERF projects in areas that are difficult to access. The note will be discussed by the Fund’s Advisory Board in August.
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