OVERALL STRATEGY AND COORDINATION
The countries that make up the Great Lakes region have had a turbulent history. They are not new to hosting refugees from neighbouring countries, and in most cases, for periods spanning over several decades. In this regard, the national and local public structures that are vital to ensuring an effective response to refugee emergencies are largely already in place. Shortly after the emergency began, the inter-agency refugee response was set in motion. This was done in close coordination with the Governments and under the leadership of UNHCR in line with the Refugee Coordination Model (RCM).
Initially, due to the lower number of refugees in other neighbouring countries, the inter-agency process was started in Rwanda, which already coordinated jointly under the ‘One-UN’ model. As the crisis unfolded and violence escalated, more refugees left Burundi to neighbouring countries. In May, as the emergency worsened, UNHCR appointed a Regional Refugee Coordinator and a regional approach to the refugee response was adopted. Consultations with relevant Government counterparts and humanitarian agencies took place in all neighbouring countries and the recentlyreleased Regional Refugee Response Plan for the Burundi Situation is the result of these discussions.
This UNHCR Supplementary Budget Appeal gives an overview of the interventions carried out by UNHCR, and provides a detailed breakdown of the budgets related to these activities.
Inter-agency meetings are being held on a regular basis, to revalidate the planning assumptions and framework, address any challenges in provisions and, most importantly, reassess the needs. As the situation in Burundi further unfolds and with the evolution of the election process, appropriate reassessments on the duration of this Supplementary Budget Appeal and its initial planning assumptions will be made.