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Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) Great Lakes region (ECHO/COD/BUD/2016/91000) Last update: 05/07/2017 Version 2

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The full implementation of this version of the HIP is subject to the adoption of the decision amending Decision C(2016) 8795 final

AMOUNT: EUR 37 000 000

The present Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) was prepared on the basis of financing decision ECHO/WWD/BUD/2017/01000 (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 ECHO'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 may cover interventions in the following countries: Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania.

0. MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP

Since the release of this HIP, a complex emergency quickly developed in the five provinces of the Grand Kasaï (Kasai, Kasai Central, Kasaï Oriental, Lomami and Sankuru) including Kwilu and Haut-Lomami. This crisis has displaced over 1.3 million people and is currently affecting some 2.6 million people now in need of humanitarian assistance to cover their basic needs for the next months. More than 1 million of these new people in need of humanitarian assistance are displaced persons. The conflict has also reached a regional dimension with over 23 500 Congolese refugees who have crossed into neighbouring Angola.

The conflict is taking place in an area in DRC that was not, up-to-now, affected by a humanitarian crisis, meaning that the response had to start from scratch with a lot of security and access constraints. The environment calls therefore for an increased awareness on IHL, coordination, including civ/mil and potential logistics support in addition to the significant humanitarian needs for a multi-sectorial response as well as for protection.

The food security situation is deteriorating drastically in the provinces affected by the conflict. WFP reports that 42% of the population in Kasaï are food insecure. Already some dangerous coping mechanisms have been observed to cover basic food needs.

On 25 April, UNOCHA has published a Flash Appeal of USD 64.5 million to cover the needs of 731 000 people over the next 6 months. The current 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan amounting to USD 812.6 million is severely underfunded with only 21.7% received so far.

Given the humanitarian situation described above, the budget of this HIP is increased by EUR 5 000 000 to scale up the current humanitarian response in the Grand Kasaï provinces in DRC. The additional funds will support in priority key partners already present in the area and responding to the basic needs of the population affected with a focus on protection and life-saving assistance while looking at additional components if needed and relevant such as coordination, security, access and IHL advocacy. The geographical size and the magnitude of the crisis will potentially require the mobilisation of additional partners to cover gaps in the response.