Inter-Agency Transitional Workplan for the North Caucasus 2006

Originally published
1. Executive Summary
This Inter-Agency Transitional Workplan for the North Caucasus presents an expanded framework for the humanitarian operation previously coordinated under the Consolidated Inter-Agency Appeal Process. The humanitarian agencies continue to address urgent humanitarian needs, and together with development agencies they more actively target the root causes of human vulnerability through a broad community, recovery program. Participating agencies (UN, international NGOs, and local NGOs) approach North Caucasus recovery with a set of agreed principles. Among these principles, the first is to ensure continued humanitarian aid based on need for the next few years. Others set guidelines for a longer,term recovery partnership with the government, thus defining the added value of the UN and its key assistance partners. The continuity with the 1999-2005 CAP is one of the greatest strengths of the 2006 Transitional Workplan. The Process of the CAP, as the overall inter-agency mechanism for coordinated, effective humanitarian assistance and protection will remain in place in 2006. On the other hand, what is new is the increasingly well-coordinated and purposive recovery and development assistance.

The document title refers to "transition," reflecting the integration of humanitarian and development action plans. "Transition" is defined as the period between the emergency and development phases, in a postconflict or natural disaster situation, when humanitarian needs must be met and the long-term benefits of rehabilitation and reconstruction have yet to be fully realized. The participating agencies, in consultation with government officials, residents of the North Caucasus, and past and prospective donors, have concluded that this definition suits the current conditions in Chechnya and its neighboring republics. The need on the ground in the North Caucasus is for a range of assistance projects in relief and development to be conducted simultaneously for several years. It is also increasingly important that the government and civil society take full ownership of the recovery and development agenda.

To best serve humanitarian need and recovery, the participants in this Workplan set forth three strategic goals, toward which all Sector Response Plans and agency programs will be oriented.

  • Enhance protection of the civilian population.

  • Provide humanitarian relief and assistance, improving targeting of the populations most in need.

  • Encourage socio,economic recovery and support strategic planning, good governance and local capacity,building.
Recovery-oriented transitional assistance seeks to build upon existing humanitarian programs, and to ensure that their inputs become assets for a longer term program able to catalyze sustainable development.

The total amount of funding requested in this 2006 Transitional Workplan is US$ 88,315,079. This is higher than the 2005 Consolidated Appeal for two reasons. First this recognizes that the need for humanitarian assistance and protection remains the same as in 2005, or might even increase slightly as humanitarian agencies gain easier access within Chechnya, where the most vulnerable population is. Second, it includes a new range of projects promoting recovery and socio-economic development. Corresponding to the needs and the programs proposed, it is hoped that both the traditional humanitarian donors and those offering recovery and development assistance will find this Transitional Workplan informative and compelling.

Sections 35 of the Transitional Workplan present a Common Humanitarian and Recovery Action Plan, comprising situation analysis, collective goals, and sector response plans for 2006. In Section 6, each participating agency puts forth its own profile and planned activities for the year, including a breakdown by sector. The overall picture of resource requirements for this Workplan is presented in the table on the next page. Annexes include supporting information for the Action Plan, including reference to other sources of information that are to be constantly updated throughout the year. Disaggregation of the Action Plan in this document stops at the level of Sector objectives and actions. Corresponding, detailed project proposals may be obtained directly through each operational agency.

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