1. Executive Summary
In 2012, the CAR CHF received US$ 5.38 million in new contributions from two donors and allocated US$ 5.87 million to 23 projects. Fourteen projects from the Standard Allocation and nine projects funded through the Emergency Reserve targeted the most vulnerable communities in need of humanitarian assistance.
The CHF has been a key financing mechanism to address critical needs in the country. The complementarity with CERF as well as other sources of funding like ECHO and Peace Building Funds (PBF) enabled humanitarian organizations to increase the coverage and the impact of humanitarian operations in the country. The complementarity between the fund and other funding opportunities must be strengthened to maximize the use of the fund as well as the impact of the projects for the beneficiaries.
The fund enabled recipient organizations to address the needs of 138,078 people including 26,521 children under 5 in the following sectors: Protection, Health, Food Security, Nutrition, WASH, Education, Emergency Shelter, Logistics and Early Recovery.
With these funds partners ensured continuity in health services in the south-east, they addressed the food and health related needs in the north and they supported logistic aspects during the response to the food and nutrition crisis in the Vakaga region. Funds were only allocated to projects with the highest priority ratings (Immediate and high) following the prioritization in the CAP.
The new Monitoring and Reporting Framework was endorsed by the Humanitarian Country Team after extensive consultations with clusters and the Advisory Board. Project monitoring and reporting is imperative to increasing the accountability of the CAR CHF and the implementation involving the clusters will start in early 2013. A Monitoring and Evaluation specialist is being recruited to reinforce this aspect of the project cycle.
Moreover, the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) decided to establish a Joint Management Unit in CAR to strengthen the accountability, the monitoring and the management of the funds. This new structure is expected to be operational in the course of 2013.
In line with the standardized CHF guidelines, the allocation process was reviewed to reinforce cluster roles in the identification of priority needs. Also the technical review process for projects was reviewed to ensure high quality proposals. A Review Committee was established within clusters to review and pre-select projects to be recommended for funding. Lastly, donors’ commitment to CAR is not aligned to the scale of the humanitarian needs. In this context of chronic gaps for humanitarian funding, the CHF has become a key financing mechanism that allows the Humanitarian Country Team to focus on prioritizing humanitarian needs by providing adequate support.
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