UNJLC Sudan: ROS NFI and emergency shelter sector monthly update no. 3 - Mar 2007



The NFI Common Pipeline currently has a procurement funding shortfall of $860,498. A Joint Appeal which summarizes needs and resources for the NFI Common Pipeline will be released shortly.


2007 Sudan Work Plan and Funding

UNJLC, UNICEF, CARE, Concern, GOAL, FAR, NCA, SC-US, Solidarites, and IOM participated in the 2007 Sudan Work Plan process and submitted project sheets for NFI transport, warehousing, procurement, assessment, distribution, and coordination activities. The below chart shows the allocations of the Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) to date. GOAL and Concern are not in the below chart because they have received sufficient funding from other donors and so did not need CHF funding. Solidarite will access NFIs from the NFI Common Pipeline and so has not requested CHF funding and will cover distribution expenses through their own program funds. Although no funding has been allocated for the East through the CHF to date, UNICEF has a contingency stock of NFIs in the East so needs can be met in case of emergency.


The NFI Coordination meetings are held in Khartoum on the third Thursday of every month in the UNDP small conference room. Upcoming NFI/ES coordination meetings in Khartoum will be held on April 19 and May 17 at 1100 at UNDP. The Darfur meeting begins at 1000 and the ROS meeting begins at 1100. NFI Coordination meetings are also held regularly in ROS regions when UNJLC staff travel to the region. Please contact UNJLC for times and locations of these field meetings. Minutes for these meetings are sent through the mailing list. To receive these minutes, please contact UNJLC.

Khartoum: On March 15, UNJLC held the NFI/Emergency Shelter Sector coordination meeting. Topics at the meeting were 2nd round of CHF allocations, procedure for accessing NFIs, recent distributions, other pipeline information, and a discussion of the current NFI basket. UNJLC explained that buckets will be included in the NFI basket in Southern Kordofan per the Southern Kordofan regional team's request. Cooking sets are reserved for distributions to displaced and other highly vulnerable populations due to the high cost and limited stock of the item.

Damazine: On March 12, UNJLC held an NFI/Emergency Shelter Sector coordination meeting with IOM, UNHCR, World Vision, Blue Nile Commission, and UNMIS attending. UNJLC encouraged organizations to submit their requests for NFIs prior to the rainy season. UNJLC will assist NGOs to conduct NFI assessments in Blue Nile. NGOs should contact UNJLC when they plan to conduct an assessment. UNJLC is planning to place NFI contingency stocks in Kurmuk and Damazine. These contingency stocks will be accessible by all organizations in case of emergency.

Kadugli: On March 22, UNJLC held the first NFI/Emergency Shelter Sector coordination meeting in Kadugli since the expansion of the NFI Common Pipeline to all of North Sudan. In the meeting, the UNJLC Kadugli office explained that priority groups for NFI distributions will be spontaneous returnees and then other vulnerable populations. Vulnerable populations would also include persons injured by landmines (a question raised by UNMAO) and host communities. NFI assistance, depending on the availability of stocks, can also be given to community projects such as community centers and health centers.

UNJLC plan to pre-position contingency stock at the following locations in South Kordofan before the rainy season: Kadugli: 500 NFI Kits at CARE warehouse Kauda: 250 NFI Kits at SC-US warehouse Talodi: 200 NFI Kits (warehouse to be identified) Lagawa: 200 NFI Kits (warehouse to be identified)

UNJLC must authorize the release of any commodities. If the UNJLC representative is not present in Kadugli at the time, then the Head of RCO Kadugli may authorize the release. This authorization can be given by telephone. The Agency/NGO to which the contingency stock was releases will request at a later stage the replenishment of the contingency stock.


NFI Common Pipeline Expansion

The common logistics system is one of the main strategies for the NFI and Emergency Shelter Sector Plan; hence the ROS NFI Common Pipeline has been extended into ROS and is now fully operational. Upon request, the NFI Common Pipeline will provide NFIs to vulnerable populations such as disaster-affected persons and returnees. These NFIs will be distributed by NGOs following a needs assessment. In order to support the joint UN/GOSS/GOS returns process, UNJLC will facilitate the provision of a full basket of NFIs per household to all organized returns at point of departure - mosquito nets, plastic sheeting, jerry cans, blankets, sleeping mats and soap. Currently, cooperating partners of the NFI Common Pipeline in ROS include SC-US, Solidarité, IOM, NCA, GOAL and FAR. The process for accessing NFIs will be the same as in Darfur: To access NFIs for ROS Regions, submit an NFI Request and NFI Assessment Form available on the UNJLC website ( to the UNJLC office (,, and

The NFI Common Pipeline currently has a stocks procurement shortfall of $860,498. This shortfall does not include coordination or transport/logistics-related funding requirements. Please see the below chart for details on stocks needs and shortfalls.