- IASC Country Team - Liberia discusses future of humanitarian coordination and funding
Future of Clusters and humanitarian planning in Liberia
As Liberia transitions to recovery and development, with the Government playing an increasing role in coordination of relief and development programmes, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Country Team (IASC-CT) has been discussing the future of the Cluster Approach to coordination and the way forward for humanitarian planning and resource mobilization in the coming years in Liberia. On 25 October, the IASC-CT agreed that there is still a need to maintain the current humanitarian coordination structures in 2008 and to continue the process of gradual handover to Government sector coordination. The rationale is that there are remaining humanitarian needs from 2007, which would still be valid in 2008. Therefore, the Cluster Approach to humanitarian coordination would still be required to coordinate the response to these needs, including disaster risk reduction and management.
The IASC-CT also recognizes the need to continue resource mobilization for humanitarian assistance in 2008, but it will explore means other than a Common Humanitarian Action Plan, or a Consolidated Appeals, of doing so. Resource mobilization may include a revalidation of the 2007 humanitarian needs in 2008, merging humanitarian planning with the County Development Agenda and Poverty Reduction Strategy, and preparing a simpler and more highly prioritized Appeals document.
UNICEF, WHO and UNFPA are completing preparations for the start of CERF project implementation. Agreements have been signed with partners and some project inputs have been procured. An elaborate monitoring scheme is also being designed to help improve the quality and timeliness of implementation.
It can be recalled that in October 2007, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund provided a grant of US$ 1,461,597 to fund seven projects in the water, sanitation, hygiene and health sectors in Liberia, with emphasis on underserved communities in the southeast (Sinoe and Rivercess Counties). UNICEF, WHO, and UNFPA will implement the projects in collaboration with NGOs and Government partners across Liberia.
Medical outreach to mark UN Day
To mark UN Day, UNMIL, in collaboration with NGOs and local authorities coordinated and organized a medical outreach in Harper, Maryland County in southeast Liberia. Medical personnel from UNMIL Senegalese military contingent in Harper, MERCI (a local NGO), and the County Health Team provided emergency medical services including drugs to 472 patients. Services provided during the outreach included voluntary HIV counseling and testing, vaccination, hygiene sensitization and awareness, and general medical consultations.
With support from the Government, UN and NGO partners, UNMIL regularly provides medical services to people in communities that lack basic health facilities.
SEA training for youths in southeast Liberia
A local NGO, the Children Assistance Programme (CAP) conducted training in sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) for 775 students and teachers in Maryland County during the week. The training provided practical information to the students and teachers on ways of avoiding and reporting SEA in their communities. Grassroots education and sensitization on SEA is a useful tool in preventing the practice.