One third of $920 million needed for this year’s Joint Response Plan still unmet
United Nations aid agencies and their partners have already started working on the fourth Joint Response Plan (JRP), for 2020, to look after the hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas currently living in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar.
The Rohingya crossed over to Bangladesh over the years after escaping atrocities carried out by Myanmar security forces, local Buddhist mobs, and people from various ethnic groups in Rakhine state.
Although next year’s JRP is underway, nearly one third of the $920 million sought for 2019 is still unmet with only 40 days left in the year, sources concerned have told Dhaka Tribune.
The amount of money involving the fourth JRP will be more or less the same as this year’s, as the needs of more than 900,000 Rohingyas and over 330,000 vulnerable Bangladeshis as the host community remain almost unchanged, they said.
They added that the appeal for money under the upcoming JRP will be made early next year.
The money available under the JRP is spent on providing basic life saving support like food, shelter, and health, and other ancillary services.
According to the financial tracking system of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), so far only $613.9 million, or 66.7% of the $920 million sought for 2019, has been met.
It is extremely unlikely that the remaining amount will be made available before the end of this year, said the sources, referring to previous JRPs.
“Look, to the best of my knowledge, nowhere in the world, are the requirements of JRPs wholly met. I would say 66% is a very good figure,” a senior official of a leading UN organization told Dhaka Tribune.
“There are so many crises in the world but money is not unlimited. Each crisis has to compete with another based on the gravity of the situation,” the official added.
“Of course, we would be happy if we could get all the money that we had asked for. But, I am afraid that is not going to be the case. We will have to work with the available money through some adjustments,” said an official of another UN agency.
The first JRP appealing for $434 million was launched after the latest exodus of Rohingyas in late August, 2017, and 64% of that was met.
The second JRP for 2018 was worth $950 million, of which about 69% was met.