Somalia Humanitarian Fund SHF in 2016 (As of 31 July 2017)
The humanitarian situation in Somalia deteriorated in 2016 due to protracted conflict and prolonged drought conditions in most parts of the country. By end-2016, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance had reached 5 million people, a 28 per cent increase from the 3.9 million reported in February.
Severe drought conditions and new waves of displacements contributed to the increasing trend of food insecurity and high levels of malnutrition. Over 320,000 children under age five were acutely malnourished, of whom 50,000 were at risk of death. In addition, acute water shortages led to increased incidence of acute watery diarrhea (AWD) and cholera outbreaks.
The SHF played an instrumental role in responding to humanitarian needs by allocating $29 million through 107 projects to 38 humanitarian partners.
The SHF reserve allocation rounds enabled partners respond to drought conditions in Somaliland and Puntland early in the year and at the end of 2016; to AWD/cholera outbreaks; and to provide assistance to internally displaced people in Kismayo, Baidoa and Mogadishu. In addition, the SHF's individual reserve allocations were a vital enabler of humanitarian response in critical times across the country and for various activities.
The SHF allocations were closely aligned with the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) grants to ensure complementarity and effective use of the limited resources.
Collectively, the two pooled funds contributed some $42 million or 8 per cent of the 2016 Somalia Humanitarian Response Plan contributions ($495 million), complementing other bilateral and multilateral funding sources to Somalia’s humanitarian operations.
For more information see the SHF 2016 Annual Report or the SHF website https://www.unocha.org/somalia/shf .