This allocation paper is issued by the Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator (DRHC), in consultation with the Clusters and Advisory Board of the HF in Turkey, to set the funding priorities for the 2017 1st Standard Allocation.
A total amount of USD 20 million is available for this allocation including up to 4 million set aside for Iraq based partners.
This paper outlines the allocation priorities and rationale for the prioritization to support the priorities of the Syria 2017 HRP.
This allocation paper also provides strategic direction and guidance for the allocation process.
Allocation Strategy and Rationale
II. Situation Overview
Six years into the crisis, the humanitarian situation in Syria continues to deteriorate. Over half of the country’s population has fled their homes: 4.8 million people have sought refuge in the region and beyond, and 6.3 million people are internally displaced. 13.5 million people are in need of some form of assistance. Millions of people have fallen into poverty, forced to take risky choices and facing increased protection risks. In 2017, with no end to the conflict in sight, humanitarian needs are expected to continue to grow in scale, severity, and complexity.
Syrians themselves, through state national institutions, local authorities, civil society, and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations continue to be the main responders to the humanitarian crisis in Syria.
Complementing their efforts, humanitarian organizations have mounted one of the largest humanitarian responses in the world. As the conflict endures with crippling consequences for now destitute households, peoples with crippling consequences for now destitute households, people’s resourcefulness alone is inadequate to counter deprivation that – for millions– is only mitigated by humanitarian assistance.
Humanitarian needs are becoming more severe and complex
Due to the conflict, and despite ongoing relief efforts, millions of Syrians face mounting difficulties in meeting their basic needs. A growing number of Syrians are forced to make negative and risky choices to cope. Since October 2015, it is estimated that the number of people unable to obtain the basic food required to meet their needs has risen from 6.3 million to 7 million. Consistent access to safe water for many Syrians remains a big challenge, in some areas. As a result, water has become an expensive commodity for which many families spend over ¼ of their income in purchasing it. One in three children are now out of school and a further 1.4 million are at risk of dropping out. Overall, an estimated 13.5 million people in Syria require some form of humanitarian assistance.
Life-threatening needs among crisis-affected populations and communities are a growing concern
An estimated 5.7 million people live in areas where the level of need is considered critical due to the combined impact of: (i) the intensity of conflict including acts by entities designated as terrorist by the UNSC-; (ii) ratio of IDPs to host communities; (iii) scarcity of services; and (iv) prices of basic commodities, affected -in part- by unilateral coercive measures. These areas remain priority for the provision of multi-sectoral life-saving and lifesustaining humanitarian assistance. Of these, approximately 974,080 people (42 per cent of them children) live in 16 UN-declared besieged1locations where movement of people and commodities is prevented, including humanitarian assistance. In these locations, the denial of civilians’ basic rights, including freedom of movement and adequate access to food, water, and health care, results in unnecessary suffering and preventable death. A further 3.9 million people in need live in hard-to-reach areas, where humanitarian organizations are unable to reach affected people in a sustained and predictable manner.
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