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Sudan: 2013 Complex Emergency: Emergency appeal n° MDRSD016 - 12 Months operation update

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Period covered by this Ops Update: December 2013 to April 2014.

Appeal target (current): CHF 3,711,427

Appeal coverage: 27%

Appeal history:

  • This Emergency Appeal was initially launched 16 May 2013 for CHF 3,711,427 for eight months to assist 150,000 beneficiaries.

  • An Operations Update n°1 was issued on 22 July 2013, to provide an update of the donor response to the appeal as well as request for continued donor support for appeal.

  • An Operations Update n°2 was issued on 29 July 2013, to provide an overview of the operation’s progress to date, an update on the donor response, as well as a summary of the main recommendations from the evaluation of the emergency appeals from 2011 and 2012.

  • A 6 months Operation Update was issued on 8 January 2014, extending the Complex Emergency Appeal timeframe from eight to 15 months, until the end of August 2014. This would permit an internal joint assessment by Sudan Red Crescent Society (SRCS) and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to review the progress of the Appeal and undertake a revision of the activities and the budget according to the assessment findings.

  • This operations update provides an overview of the operation’s progress and challenges to date. It also informs of the upcoming revision based on recent assessments with focus on response to influx of new arrivals from South Sudan due to outbreak of conflict since the end of January 2014.


The SRCS with support from the IFRC launched this Complex Emergency Appeal to provide much needed assistance in 11 states affected by conflicts and natural disasters, namely Blue Nile, South Kordofan, North Kordofan, South/East Darfur, West/Central Darfur, North Darfur, Sennar, White Nile and Khartoum. During 2013 and through the support towards the Emergency Appeal, SRCS was able to deliver services in areas of relief, health, water and sanitation to the most vulnerable groups. Special consideration has been provided to the special needs of the most vulnerable groups, including women, girls, the elderly and disabled groups.

A start up DREF was launched on 16 May 2013 to respond to the urgent needs in North and South Kordofan following the fighting that erupted in April 2013 between armed opposition groups and the Sudan Government forces. A total of 25,000 persons were assisted through the DREF operations.

Following joint IFRC and SRCS assessments aligned with findings from an independent evaluation of 2011-2012 Emergency Appeals, the 2013 Complex Emergency Appeal assisted 150,000 beneficiaries (25,000 families) in the areas of Shelter and Non-Food Items (NFIs), emergency health and care, WASH, Restoring Family links (RFL), logistics and capacity building of the National Society (including communications).

This Appeal received pledges from Japanese Red Cross Society, Monaco Red Cross Society and United States Agency for International Development the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID OFDA). Swiss Red Cross has contributed bilaterally through related activities in Sennar state. On behalf of SRCS, IFRC would like to sincerely thank all partners for their generous support and contributions to this Appeal.

Since the publication of the 6 months Operations Update in January 2014, funding coverage has remained at 27% which has reduced the overall implementation of planned activities. Despite funding constraints and ongoing conflict in some states since the launch of the Appeal, SRCS staff and trained volunteers have managed to implement important activities in targeted states where access was possible. Implementation of activities in the five Darfur states included in the original Appeal, have proven a significant challenge due to the political situation in Sudan. As planned in the last Operation’s update, SRCS and IFRC have carried out assessments, participated in core coordination mechanism and discussed future operations internally. It is from these discussions and information that it has been agreed to proceed with the operation strategy as follows:

This operations update provides a status of the situation and progress to date. Plans are underway to extend the time frame of this Emergency Appeal based on the additional needs as a result of the influx of new arrivals from South Sudan. Through consultations between SRCS, IFRC Sudan Country Office, IFRC Regional Representation Office, Nairobi and IFRC Geneva - an operations strategy for the response to the ongoing emergency within the framework of this Appeal, was agreed on. This operations update thus advices of the upcoming revision which will extend the timeframe by 9 months (24 months in total, ending in May 2015) and consolidate efforts in 4 states (South Kordofan, White Nile, Blue Nile and Khartoum) according to needs and capacity of SRCS.