Humanitarian Funding Update September 2017- United Nations Coordinated Appeals
United Nations-Coordinated Appeals
As of 30 September, United Nations-coordinated appeals (Humanitarian Response Plans, Refugee Response Plans and flash appeals) within the Global Humanitarian Overview require US$24.2 billion to meet the humanitarian needs of 104.1 million crisis-affected people in 39 countries. The appeals are funded at $10.4 billion, leaving a shortfall of $13.8 billion.
In September, Hurricanes Irma and Maria caused untold devastation across the Caribbean. A three-month Regional Response Plan for the Caribbean was launched on 15 September seeking $27.1 million to cover the urgent needs of the most vulnerable people in the region’s most-impacted nations, territories and states. The plan has received $2.6 million in reported funding to date, though some of the over $20 million in funding for the region will probably apply to the plan. The Cuba Plan of Action requesting $55.1 million was launched on 19 September and is currently funded at $8.8 million. On 29 September, a Flash Appeal for Dominica was launched requesting $31.1 million to respond to the urgent needs of 65,000 people affected by Hurricane Maria.
In Bangladesh, as of 28 September, more than half a million Rohingya refugees had fled across the border from Myanmar in just over a month. Partners in Bangladesh released a revised response plan targeting 1.2 million people for assistance, including new refugees, previous refugees and host communities, over six months; its requirements are $434 million. (The Cuba Plan of Action, the Regional Response Plan for the Caribbean and the Preliminary Response Plan for the refugees and host communities in Bangladesh are currently not counted as part of the Global Humanitarian Overview.)
In Libya, $75 million is urgently needed to provide 900,000 people with life-saving assistance in healthcare, civilian protection and basic services. Gaps are particularly serious in the health sector: more than 50% of Libyan health facilities are either partially or not at all functional. In Ukraine, with the harsh winter imminent, critical additional support is needed to ensure that winterisation needs of affected people along the contact line are met. The Humanitarian Response Plan which seeks $204 million remains underfunded at just 25%. Please see icons overleaf for information on urgent funding needs in Bangladesh, CAR, Chad, DRC, Libya, oPt, Somalia, Sudan and Ukraine.
As of 30 September, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has approved $339 million for 32 countries. In September, the fund allocated $27 million to 5 emergencies, including $8 million for immediate response to people affected by Hurricane Irma in Cuba.
The fund allocated $7 million to humanitarian partners in Bangladesh to assist hundreds of thousands of refugees arriving from Myanmar (In addition $12 million was allocated in early October). CERF also approved $7 million for Nepal and Bangladesh for life-saving support to the flood-affected population. For underfunded emergencies, CERF approved $5 million in September out of the $45 million set aside for the second round of the 2017 underfundedemergency allocations; the remaining $40 million is currently under review. For 2017, 43 donors have contributed a total of $359.3 million to CERF, and eight other donors have pledged $93.7 million. CERF is projecting an income of $453.9 million for 2017, nearly $4 million over the current $450 million funding target.
As of end September, 26 donors have contributed $571 million (including $86.5 million in pledges) to the 18 country-based pooled funds active in 2017. Over 500 humanitarian partners have received a combined $408 million from the funds, and another $77.4 million is pending approval. The funds with the largest volumes of allocations are those in Yemen ($59.4 million), Iraq ($55.6 million) and Ethiopia ($52.6 million). Some 45% of allocations has gone to international NGOs, 32% to UN organizations, 22% to national NGOs and 1% to Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement organizations. Real-time information on CBPF contributions and allocations is available on http://gms.unocha.org/bi.