AMOUNT: EUR 101 000 000
0 . MAJOR CHANGE SINCE THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP
December 2014 Kenya is currently hosting some 574 000 refugees and asylum seekers, a number which continues to grow rapidly due to the refugee influx from South Sudan.
On 5 November 2014, WFP, together with UNHCR, formally informed the donor community that a 50% rations' cut would take place from the second distribution cycle in November and would be likely to last until the end of January 2015.
This is by far the biggest rations' cut and the longest in duration experienced in Kenya.
WFP estimates that USD 1.2 million per month would be required to limit ration cut to 30%. In Dadaab, security constraints are tight. The situation in Kakuma is deteriorating with growing tensions between the different clans within the refugee population and could worsen should such a reduction be confirmed.
The funds allocated to assist the refugees in Kenya under the 2014 HIP have all been committed to respond to the most acute needs of the population and of the refugees by targeting life-saving activities, cash interventions and innovative solutions for the refugees living in a protracted situation. ECHO has also been encouraging the development donors to engage in self-reliance and long-lasting solutions in protracted refugee situations.
However, despite a very effective coordination in Kenya, donors face major challenges to mobilise financial resources to meet the needs of the refugees.
As a result, ECHO has decided to allocate additional € 2 million to support WFP food pipeline for refugees in Kenya till the end of January 2015, thus reducing the ration cuts from 50 to 30%.