I am pleased to share with you the 2015 Annual Report for the Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) in Somalia.
The report provides an overview of 2015 contributions, funding allocations and partner achievements for the projects implemented during the course of the year.
The CHF remains an important tool to support a timely and coordinated response to the most urgent humanitarian needs in Somalia. At the beginning of 2015, the Fund allocated US$31 million to priority needs identified in the Somalia Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP). These funds were channeled through 34 national and international partners to implement 79 projects designed to address the most vulnerable Somalis in humanitarian need.
Thanks to the generous contributions and partnership of CHF donors, including Australia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland,
Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, total contributions reached some $36 million by the end of the year. With deposits occurring throughout the year, as well as some additional, end-of-year contributions amounting to $8 million, net carry-over into 2016 of $4.4 million was possible.
Key results indicate that CHF-supported projects have made an impact on the lives of the most vulnerable people in Somalia. While detailed results can be reviewed from cluster pages that follow, key achievements include support to 271,000 people to improve access to food and protection of livelihoods through conditional and unconditional transfers. About 161,000 children aged from 6 to 59 months and lactating women wereadmitted to treatment programmes. About 115,000 children under the age of five and women of child-bearing age were vaccinated against preventable diseases. Furthermore, 150 health facilities were supported and more than 1,500 health workers received training in the management and treatment of common illnesses. While 536,000 people gained sustained access to safe drinking water, another 86,000 received access to sustained sanitation. In addition, about 37,000 children were enrolled in school and 387 teachers trained.
Humanitarian needs remain high in 2016, with some $885 million requested through the Somalia HRP to provide assistance to 3.5 million people out of 4.9 million deemed to be in need. Globally, the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Stephen O’Brien recently advocated to set targets for country-based pooled funds (CBPFs) at 15 per cent of the overall HRP requirements. This target was recommended after recent endorsements by the High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing, the synthesis report of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) Consultation Process and the Secretary General’s Report for the WHS — which recognized the catalytic effect of CBPFs to increase collaboration and direct access to funding for frontline responders.
Finally, I wish to express my appreciation to our CHF donors for their continued support, which has enabled us to respond to needs as they are identified on the ground. As we work together to meet the needs of vulnerable Somalis, I encourage donors to make commitments as early as possible to allow for timely response to priority needs.
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