Support to the Humanitarian Response Fund in Ethiopia

Project completed

Established in 2006, the Humanitarian Response Fund (HRF) managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) provides flexible funding for life-saving emergency interventions in Ethiopia. Due to the significant delay and erratic nature of rainfall, the continued influx of refugees as well as sporadic disease outbreaks, Ethiopia is currently facing a serious humanitarian crisis. This contribution to the HRF will allow a flexible, coordinated and needs-based humanitarian response in the country.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Ethiopia
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR
Material relief assistance
01.07.2015 - 31.12.2015
CHF 3'000'000
Background

According to the Humanitarian Requirements Document (HAD) published in January 2015, an estimated 2.9 million people will need emergency food assistance in Ethiopia this year. Additionally, an estimated 381 '000 people were expected to be in need of food assistance during the short rainy season from mid-February to mid-May, subject to verification at mid-year. Overall, the gross emergency food and nonfood requirement for 2015 stands at USD 386 million, a figure only 41% funded to date. In this context, the HRF aims to provide prioritized support to the underfunded humanitarian needs identified by the HAD.

Objectives

To ensure that vulnerable women, men and children have access to emergency life-saving assistance, based on their needs and in a ccordinated and timely manner.

Target groups

Disaster-affected communities in need of immediate humanitarian assistance, mainly children, women and the elderly. Project-specific target groups will be defined by each agency submitting a funding request to the HRF.

Medium-term outcomes

In 2015, the HRF aims to:

  • Ensure the availability of more adequate, timely, flexible and effective humanitarian funding;
  • Support and strengthen existing humanitarian coordination systems;
  • Support and strengthen the cluster approach to humanitarian coordination;
  • Improve partnerships between UN and non-UN actors.

 

Results

Expected results:  

Treat acute malnutrition, improve water hygiene and sanitation services, increase access to basic health services, fulfill other basic humanitarian needs, and improve the humanitarian coordination in the country. Project-specific outputs will be formulated by each agency submitting a funding request to the HRF.


Results from previous phases:  

Since its establishment in 2006, the HRF has managed and disbursed more than USD 260 million. In 2014 alone, the HRF has allocated USD 18.3 million to 38 projects covering a wide range of interventions such as treatment of malnutrition, emergency water, hygiene and sanitation, health, distribution of non-food items, and agriculture projects. These inerventions benefited more than 1.3 million people in seven regional states in 2014.


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs


Other partners

OCHA Ethiopia

Coordination with other projects and actors

This contribution to the HRF is part of the overall response of the SOC in order to target the areas most in need of humanitarian assistance, in complement to the contributions to UN agencies (WFP, UNHCR, OCHA, FAO, 10M), international and Swiss NGOs, national and regional (IGAD) institutions. The HRF complements notably SOC's interventions in the Migration and food security sectors.

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   3'000'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   3'000'000
Project phases Phase 11 15.05.2017 - 31.12.2017   (Completed) Phase 10 01.03.2016 - 31.12.2016   (Completed)

Phase 9 01.07.2015 - 31.12.2015   (Completed)

Phase 8 01.07.2014 - 30.06.2015   (Completed) Phase 6 01.01.2012 - 31.12.2012   (Completed)