Ethiopia: Immediate Humanitarian Funding Priorities (April - June 2019)

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The humanitarian context in Ethiopia continues to evolve rapidly, mainly due to pockets of inter-communal conflict across parts of Ethiopia. As of January 2019, around 3 million people remain displaced and are likely to require continued humanitarian assistance throughout the year regardless of their location. Though the average meher harvest replenished household stocks in meher producing parts of the central and western Ethiopia, in portions of the eastern lowlands of Oromia, eastern Amhara and southern Tigray, and conflict affected areas of SNNPR, and Oromia, meher production is below average and access to food for the majority of households is constrained.1 Areas of concern (areas with high number of displacements) include East/West Wollega, Kamashi, Gedeo/West Guji, and Central/North Gonder.

This prioritization document was prepared to support donor funding decisions for the next three months (April-June) and outlines the collectively agreed humanitarian funding priorities stemming from the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) requirements. The paper draws on an expected countrywide scenario for the second quarter of 2019 and identifies anticipated critical pipeline or operational gaps in the response. It reflects analysis undertaken within clusters, debated during an inter-cluster exercise, and endorsed at the Ethiopia Humanitarian Country Team.

Without urgent additional funding, most life-saving operations, including nutrition interventions, will cease beyond March 2019. Donors interested to fund are encouraged to consult with relevant clusters, consider channeling support via the EHF - the humanitarian multidonor pooled fund led by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator and managed on her behalf by OCHA - that enables the rapid and targeted disbursement of resources to UN and NGO humanitarian partners in line with this prioritization.

The conclusions presented here have been reviewed and ratified by the Humanitarian Country Team and National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC).

Full descriptions and justifications of prioritized activities by sector appear in Annex I.

Anticipated pipeline breaks beyond June While $332.9M will cover response activities from AprilJune, it does not address the anticipated pipeline ruptures in Q3 (July-September). Given procurement and transportation lead times, Food, Health and Nutrition Cluster are calling for an additional $278.3M be available before end April to avoid pipeline breaks in June, the height of the lean period.

Full descriptions of anticipated pipeline breaks and impact appear in Annex II.
The ‘top priority’ funding requirements to address critical gaps for the coming three months (April-June) are $332.9M, of which 60 per cent will be used towards pipeline requirements.

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