1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The West Africa region continues to experience the devastating consequences of two decades of complex emergencies and recurrent natural disasters. One of the poorest regions of the world, its problems are compounded by geographical and logistical challenges, such as large expanses of landlocked areas and extremely poor transportation networks. Poverty, the lack of basic social services, and weak governance have all resulted in extreme vulnerability to recurrent disasters, epidemics, violence, insecurity and population displacements.
This regional West Africa Consolidated Appeal (CAP) covers 16 countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. All of these countries are low-income and face food deficits; 13 are among the least developed countries in the world; 13 (including the five lowest-ranked countries) are among the bottom 20% of UNDP’s Human Development index (HDI); and six are among the 14 countries with the highest children-out-of-school rates. The region also has the highest under-five mortality rates in the world and half of the countries have serious under-nutrition rates (threshold of 10% for acute under-nutrition for children under-five years of age). High levels of maternal mortality and morbidity are also of major concern in the countries of West Africa.
During 2007, regional humanitarian partners continued to monitor the situation in the region and responded to ongoing and new emergencies under the jointly developed 2007 Common Humanitarian Action Plan (CHAP). In early September 2007, stakeholders, including representatives of donor organisations, met to review the 2007 process and agree on needs and priority actions required in 2008. As a result of these consultations, stakeholders identified five priority sectors and themes for action at the regional level:
1) Food Security and Nutrition;
2) Rapid Response to Health Emergencies;
3) Protection and Population Movements;
4) Natural Disaster Preparedness;
5) Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.
The first three themes were prioritised in the 2007 Regional West Africa Consolidated Appeal, while the last two have been introduced this year. During the consultation and in the weeks that followed, dedicated working groups developed response plans in each of these areas and reviewed all of the projects that are included in the 2008 CAP.
In recognition of the regional and complex nature of the crises affecting the region, the West Africa Regional Appeal highlights activities that focus on cross-border dynamics and support regional initiatives. The Appeal is not only a mechanism for fundraising, it is also a strategic tool for the development of coordinated projects and programmes for humanitarian action. Not all stakeholders submitted projects to the Appeal, but all have, through their participation, committed to working together to meet the needs of affected populations in a coordinated manner.
This year’s appeal for West Africa includes 83 projects from United Nations agencies and non-governmental organisations for a total of US$ 313 million. Partners have indicated that $8 million is already available for their proposed projects, leaving an outstanding requirement of $305 million.
Note: (1) All dollar figures in this document are United States dollars. Funding for this appeal should be reported to the Financial Tracking Service (FTS, firstname.lastname@example.org), which will display its requirements and funding on the CAP 2008 page.
All dollar figures in this document are United States dollars. Funding for this appeal should be reported to the Financial Tracking Service (FTS, email@example.com), which will display its requirements and funding on the CAP 2008 page.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Table I. Summary of Requirements - By Theme
Table II. Summary of Requirements - By Appealing Organisation
2. 2007 IN REVIEW
3. THE 2008 COMMON HUMANITARIAN ACTION PLAN
3.1 The context and its humanitarian consequences
3.3 Strategic Priorities for Humanitarian Response
3.4 Response Plans
4. STRATEGIC MONITORING PLAN
5. CRITERIA FOR PRIORITISATON OF PROJECTS
6. SUMMARY: STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK FOR HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE
Table III. List of Projects – By Theme
Table IV. List of Projects – By Appealing Organisation
Table V. Summary of Requirements - By Sector
ANNEX I. 2007 cerf and cap funding
ANNEX II. INTERNATIONal FEDERATION OF THE RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT SOCIETIES
ANNEX III. DONOR RESPONSE TO THE 2007 APPEAL
ANNEX IV. ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS
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PROJECT SUMMARY SHEETS ARE IN A SEPARATE VOLUME ENTITLED "PROJECTS"
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