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Turkey Humanitarian Fund for Syria Allocation Strategy Paper, 2018 4th Reserve Allocation

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Project Proposal Deadline: 26 November 2018 at midnight (Turkey time) on GMS only A maximum of two proposals per partner is allowed



  • Throughout 2018, Turkey-based humanitarian organizations continued to provide lifesaving support and services in north-west Syria to conflict-affected populations in Idleb, Aleppo, and Hama governorates.
    Humanitarian actors, predominantly NGOs supported by the UN, are the sole actors who provide regular basic services and food to some 2.2 million people on a regular basis.

  • Since late 2017, north-western Syria received several influxes of internally displaced people (IDPs) from different parts of the country, exacerbating already existing high levels of needs. These new displacements had a noticeable effect on the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in north-western Syria, which rose from over 2.3 million in August 2017 to almost 2.7 million people over a year of a population some four million people.

  • In September 2018, over 84,000 people were newly displaced in Syria. Most recently, an estimated 53,000 people were newly displaced in Idleb resulting from renewed conflict in the first half of September. As of October 2018, out of the total number of people in need, 1.9 million are displaced people (IDPs). The impact of the winter season compounds humanitarian needs, especially for displaced people residing in camps and similar sites, in addition to other needs, such as food, NFIs and basic services.

  • As of mid-November 2018, just sixty per cent of the total annual humanitarian response requirement for Syria has been secured. At the same time, since the beginning of the year, the rise in the number of people in need increase the pressure on partners to reallocate funds from regular programming to emergency response. Concomitantly, funding available for north-west Syria has decreased, notably through reallocation of funding to other areas and the recent withdrawal of major donors from some areas.

  • In October, one key donor suspended its assistance to areas under the control of one of the non-State armed groups (NSAG). This has led to critical gaps in service provision and material support, until the suspension can be lifted. This is affecting water and sanitation in camps, health, food, potentially winterization efforts and other life-saving humanitarian activities.

  • As a result of the above factors, the decrease in services provided has led to the emergence of unforeseen emergencies requiring immediate funding to avoid a worsening of the humanitarian situation in a short timeframe.

  • Thanks to the generous contributions made by donors between August and November, the Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator (DRHC) in consultation with the Advisory Board of the Turkey Humanitarian Fund (THF), has decided to launch a reserve allocation (RA) to respond to immediate needs for most vulnerable communities before the end of the year.

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