The Emergency Telecommunications Sector (ETS) continues supporting the Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) with coordination of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) activities in the Cox’s Bazar region.
The Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) is being currently revised and the ETS activities, along with other humanitarian sectors, are being planned until December 2018.
The ETS received funding for US$ 0.6 million from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which covers 92% of the required budget for activities until February 2018.
The ETS is further engaging with the Communicating with Communities (CwC) Working Group on community needs assessment among the affected populations as well as exploring options for implementing a two-way communication (feedback) mechanism.
The recent escalation of violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine State has led to an influx of Undocumented Myanmar Nationals (UMN). Since August 2017, approximately 621,000 people have crossed the border from Myanmar to Bangladesh. Thousands more reportedly remain stranded in Myanmar without the means to cross the border into Bangladesh. Currently, Bangladesh hosts more than 800,000 Rohingya refugees, and this number continues to increase daily.