AMOUNT: EUR 70 800 000
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.
MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP
Third modification as of 25/08/2016
At present, some 20 % of the population of the Central African Republic is still displaced, either internally or in the neighbouring countries. The situation of displaced populations remains dire and requires a solid response and engagement of the international community at a critical moment of the transition phase. Over the past few months, return of IDPs has slowly begun in several areas of the country. Special attention must be placed to this return process as areas of return are generally deprived of basic services and need support to accommodate returnees in appropriate conditions and without too many tensions within resident communities.
Land conflicts linked to secondary occupations are an increasing source of concern.
Protection of populations continues to be a priority as well as fostering coexistence dynamics at the level of inter and intra communities. Besides, returnees and local populations are highly exposed to the risk of acute food insecurity and Severe Acute Malnutrition.
The consequences of the CAR conflict in Cameroon are still very tangible more than two years after the arrival of the refugees from CAR. Currently in Eastern Cameroon there are around 158 500 refugees from CAR who arrived since January 2014. Most of the refugees still rely entirely on humanitarian assistance to cover their basic needs. However, the level of funding dedicated to the provision of humanitarian assistance for the CAR refugees is insufficient to ensure a proper coverage of existing needs, due to competing humanitarian priorities in the country.
Support is critically required to address the humanitarian needs of CAR refugees while contributing to strengthen their self-reliance and reduce their dependence on humanitarian aid. It will also prevent them from a premature return to their country of origin, which may put their lives at risk.