Central African Republic: Humanitarian Newsletter, Issue 19 | January 2017
In 2017, the humanitarian community will require 399.5 million dollars to meet the needs of 2.2 million Central Africans
The increase in the number of hotspots in the Haute Kotto and Ouaka Prefectures is creating further displacements and could cause an exponential increase in the need for humanitarian assistance
In 2016, the Humanitarian Response Plan requesting 531.5 million dollars was only 36.2% funded as of December 2016, putting the humanitarian response in a situation of chronic underfunding
2017-2019 Humanitarian Response Plan launched in Central African Republic
The Minister of Social Affairs and National Reconciliation, Virginie Baïkoua, and the interim Humanitarian Coordinator, Doctor Michel N’da Konan Yao, officially launched the 2017 – 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan for the Central African Republic in Bangui on 13 January 2017. The massive presence of members of the Government, the Diplomatic Corps, representatives of the Humanitarian Country Team, national and international NGOs, media, as well as the United Nations Secretary General's Special Representative, Parfait Onanga Anyanga, highlighted the importance of this document.
With the amount of $399.5 million (US) for 2017, it is hoped that the basic needs of 2.2 million Central Africans will be met. Under its three strategic objectives, it is intended to save more lives, to enhance the protection of affected populations and to preserve human dignity by re-establishing access to basic social services and means of livelihood. This will be the first time that the government and the Humanitarian Country Team have developed a tri-annual plan. It will be reviewed regularly and adapted to needs. This revision will enable the identification of gap and as assessment of humanitarian funding.
The launch of the Humanitarian Response Plan gave Virginie Baïkoua an opportunity to present the humanitarian situation in the CAR. For example, the second half of 2016 was marked by an increase in hotspots. The deterioration of the security situation has created new humanitarian emergencies and has exacerbated the vulnerability of more than 70,000 newly displaced persons. "It makes our protection and planning efforts difficult, and seriously hampers our humanitarian access" she emphasized.
The deteriorating security situation is happening in an "international context that is least amenable to providing funding for humanitarian actions. New crises are arising worldwide and capturing the attention of donors because of their urgency and impact on civilian populations", said Dr. Yao. In 2016, the $531.5 million requested through the Humanitarian Response Plan was only 36.2% funded as of December 2016. This is also supported by Virginie Baikoua who said "we must continue our advocacy in order that the contributions announced in Brussels during the Conference of CAR donors on 17 November 2016 be materialized".
In order to help communities to be independent and to resist shocks, "we must continuously advocate to donors so that the Humanitarian Response Plan can be sufficiently funded to enable us to continue saving lives", she re-iterated. Similarly, Parfait Onanga Anyanga reminded us of the clear link between humanitarian aid, post conflict recovery, development and peacekeeping. Its implementation resulting from the May 2016 Istanbul Humanitarian World Summit, will enable CAR to progress from humanitarian aid to recovery.
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