Revised 2016 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 30 Aug 2016


Original 2016 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan

The 2016 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP) was released in February 2016 and sought $1.8 billion to reach 13.6 million people with life-saving and protection services across the country. All activities were organized around four strategic objectives:

  1. Provide life-saving assistance to people in need, prioritizing the most vulnerable

  2. Promote and advocate protection, access and accountability to and for affected people

  3. Ensure that all response activities promote equitable access to assistance for women, girls, boys and men

  4. Ensure that humanitarian action supports resilience and sustainable recovery.

Revised 2016 YHRP: Scope

In mid-2016, the Yemen Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) agreed to revise the 2016 YHRP based on available new information and performance to date against YHRP targets. The HCT agreed that the original planning scenario (see original 2016 YHRP, p. 11) still applies to the current situation. As a result, the original strategic objectives, overall activity portfolio and prioritization of activities remain unchanged.

Cross-cutting approaches to gender and protection also remain unchanged. Revisions are limited to adjustments in targets and financial requirements of existing activities, based on demonstrated progress or new evidence. This document summarizes changes to the original YHRP document only. Details on strategic objectives, prioritization, joint programming and approaches to gender and protection across the response can be found in the original YHRP document.

Revised 2016 YHRP: Outcomes

The Revised 2016 YHRP seeks $1.6 billion to reach 12.6 million people with a range of life-saving and protection services across Yemen. These figures represent a 7 per cent decrease in the number of people targeted and 9.3 per cent decrease in financial requirements. Humanitarian partners agree that the scale of needs in Yemen remains enormous, and these changes do not reflect improvements in the dire humanitarian situation. Instead, they are driven by the following factors: 1) programme consolidation as a result of funding shortages; 2) demonstrated performance to date; and 3) more precise needs information.

In addition, they reflect improved beneficiary calculation methods in several clusters that more clearly distinguish direct beneficiaries – i.e., people who directly receive goods or services – from indirect beneficiaries. Summary justifications for all changes are presented in sector-specific revised operational response plans below. These changes will also be reflected in the next Humanitarian Dashboard (expected September 2016).

Programme consolidation amid funding shortages

With only 26 per cent of original requirements funded as of mid-August, humanitarian partners closely reviewed planned activities in order to ensure that original targets remained feasible and to prioritize the most urgent programmes. This review contributed to adjustments in targets and requirements at the activity level, including decreases in several essential activities that have struggled to obtain full funding, such as emergency food assistance and treatment of moderate acute malnutrition (MAM). Lengthy lead times to obtain supplies for these activities also contributed to the reduction. Revised targets reflect feasible implementation by the end of the year, and donors are strongly urged to provide full funding immediately for all revised requirements.

Response performance to date

The Yemen HCT monitors response progress at the cluster, activity and governorate levels. This information is published every two months in the Humanitarian Dashboard and associated cluster products, giving a strong evidence base on which to review performance. Decisions made during the YHRP revision were based in large part on response performance to date in light of available funding. This review resulted in activity adjustments, with targets increasing for activities performing in line with or beyond original targets and funding levels (e.g., treatment of severe acute malnutrition, support for sanitation systems, distribution of emergency shelter kits, services for survivors of rights violations and mine risk education), as well as decreases in activities where performance has been slower. The review also supported decisions to shift programme modalities where activities have lagged due to underfunding, bureaucratic impediments or insecurity (e.g., greater use of cash transfers for NFIs and shelter materials). More details appear in sector-specific revised operational response plans below.

New information on needs

The Revised 2016 YHRP is not based on a revised Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO). However, several large-scale data sets have become available since the original YHRP was published in February, and partners referred to this data when revising targets. Major data sources include:

  • June 2016 Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) analysis (estimating that 14.1 million people face IPC Phase 3 (Crisis) and IPC Phase 4 (Emergency) conditions)

  • Ninth Report of the Task Force on Population Movements (TFPM) (increasing estimate of people affected by displacement from 2.3 million in February to 2.8 million as of June, with significant changes in governorate-level IDP and returnee estimates)

  • Data on new arrivals of migrants and asylum seekers (indicating that June witnessed the highest monthly arrival rate since records began)

  • Localized and cluster-specific assessments (including MIRAs and agency-specific assessments).
    More details on data sources used to justify programme revisions are available in sector-specific revised operational response plans below. Partners have also begun working on the 2017 HNO, which is expected in October 2016 and will form the basis for the 2017 YHRP.

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