Strengthening of International NGO Coordination

Project completed

Yemen is facing a dramatic humanitarian crisis. Switzerland’s support of the International Non-Governmental Organization Forum (INGO F) aims at improving the capacities of INGOs to deliver humanitarian assistance. After the closure of the Swiss Cooperation Office but still maintaining a substantial programme the Forum is an important partner and entry point to the humanitarian system in Yemen. Supporting the Forum since 2011 Switzerland is interested in a longer-term partnership and the Forums’ sustainability through increased commitments of its members.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Yemen
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR
Migration
Water
Material relief assistance
Forced displacement (refugees, IDP, human trafficking)
Drinking water and basic sanitation (WASH) (til 2016)
01.09.2015 - 31.08.2016
CHF 312'591
Background

Yemen is a large scale humanitarian crisis, since July 2015 an L3 crisis, with more than 80% of the population or 21.1 million people in need of some form of humanitarian assistance.

The humanitarian situation deteriorated dramatically with the Saudi Arabia led military intervention in Yemen against the Houthis which started on March 26 and is still ongoing.

This has not only led to increased needs for coordination of INGOs which the INGO Forum is ready to deliver but largely changed the operational and administrative environment of INGOs active in Yemen and the challenges they face in dealing with Government of Yemen, Yemeni civil society, and the United Nations. There are 40 INGO members at the moment which indicate total funds of 93.8 million USD and 1.9 million beneficiaries reached in 2015.

 

 

Objectives

To improve service delivery and protection for Yemeni and migrants living in Yemen in need of humanitarian assistance through optimal framework conditions for INGOs.

Target groups

Direct: INGOs, Civil Society Organisations, government (trough capacity building)

Indirect: Yemenis benefitting from projects implemented by members of the INGO Forum.

Medium-term outcomes
  • INGO Forum member’s collective and individual needs are represented and advocated for in exchanges and negotiations with UN/government authorities/international community.
  • INGO Forum member’s individual needs are formulated/synthesized into a unified/common understanding of various issues and services enhancing this process delivered.
Results

Expected results:  

  • Joint advocacy documents produced.
  • Joint advocacy and communication plans and strategies are created and implemented.
  • Lobbying to government on issues raised by INGO Forum members.
  • Lobbying to UN agencies on issues raised by INGO Forum members.
  • Knowledge platform for/of INGOs created.
  • INGO Forum Security Advisory Office (ISAO) and INGO Forum conduct joint activities.


Results from previous phases:  

The INGO Forum has worked on three main aspects: improving communication and opportunities for partnership with INGOs, strengthening coordination mechanisms for members through establishment of sub-Forum in Aden and improving/strengthening relationships with the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation (MOPIC).

The standardization and improvement of procedures imposed by the government on INGOs is not in the interest of all actors in the ministries. -> intensify contact and dialogue with ministries.

The legal framework in stark contrast to the mechanisms for implementing and enforcing laws is relatively well developed. -> intensify dialogue with the government, capacity building.


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
  • Care International


Coordination with other projects and actors

The project works closely with the existing coordination mechanisms such as the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), Clusters and the Donor Development Forum. The ISAO is to assist the INGO Forum members to deliver emergency humanitarian aid and long term development programmes.

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   312'591 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   312'618 Total project since first phase Swiss budget CHF  804'015 Budget inclusive project partner CHF  1'106'161
Project phases

Phase 3 01.09.2015 - 31.08.2016   (Completed)

Phase 2 01.03.2013 - 31.08.2015   (Completed) Phase 1 01.11.2011 - 30.04.2013   (Completed)