AMOUNT: EUR 64 800 000
The present Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) was prepared on the basis of financing decision ECHO/WWD/BUD/2016/01000 (Worldwide Decision) and the related General Guidelines for Operational Priorities on Humanitarian Aid (Operational Priorities). The purpose of the HIP and its annex is to serve as a communication tool for ECHO1's partners and to assist in the preparation of their proposals. The provisions of the Worldwide Decision and the General Conditions of the Agreement with the European Commission shall take precedence over the provisions in this document. This HIP covers the Central African Republic (CAR), Chad and Cameroon. It may also respond to sudden or slow-onset new emergencies in Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tomé and Principe, if important unmet humanitarian needs emerge, given the vulnerabilities of these countries.
0 . MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP
Second modification as of 22/07/2016
An increased field presence and some recent improvements in access have enabled the assessment of needs of populations in areas previously not accessed by humanitarian assistance. These assessments have revealed additional emergency situations in all four countries affected by Boko Haram violence, prompting key partners to scale up their response to address the massive humanitarian needs of the affected populations.
In addition to the great number of IDPs and refugee populations in the region (IDPs estimated to be 2.6 million, refugees over 176,000) who are highly dependent on humanitarian assistance, the host and local communities are also increasingly affected, which is impacting their coping capacity. Staple food prices are reported to have increased by an alarming 30% to 50% in the region due to the disruption of regional trade exchanges. Special assistance to affected local communities is therefore also urgently needed.
The areas affected by the Boko Haram violence are part of the Sahel belt and suffer from recurrent droughts and long lean seasons. The recent massive displacements have compounded the structural food insecurity and chronical under-nutrition known in these areas, leading to over 6.7 million people requiring emergency food assistance in the four countries.
In order to reinforce the humanitarian response to the consequences of the Boko Haram crisis in Cameroon, an amount of EUR 2 million is added to this HIP.
In the last few months, the humanitarian consequences of the conflict between national armed forces and Boko Haram in North-East Nigeria and in neighbouring countries around Lake Chad, notably in Cameroon, have resulted in the further deterioration of the nutritional status of affected populations, as well as in increased protection needs. The Far North region of Cameroon currently hosts 65,103 Nigerian refugees and 191,591 internally displaced persons (IDPs), of which 158,490 fleeing Boko Haram's attacks.
The volatile security situation, with continuous violence on civilian populations and threats on humanitarian workers, has been affecting the delivery of humanitarian assistance, leaving critical gaps still unaddressed. In Cameroon, additional food security and livelihood support are critically required in the Far North over the coming months, enabling access to food by the most affected displaced and local populations, while reinforcing their resilience. Specific attention is required to the protection needs of beneficiaries, with protection concerns to be integrated in all interventions. Support is also required to facilitate access.
The additional funding will be partly used to enhance ongoing actions.