Support for host communities ensured in plan, says UNHCR rep
The fourth joint response plan (JRP) seeking $877 million to meet the humanitarian needs of hundreds of thousands of persecuted Rohingya people will be launched in Geneva on March 3, Steven Corliss, the Bangladesh Country Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), has told Dhaka Tribune.
“The JRP for 2020 will be launched in Geneva on March 3 in the presence of Bangladesh State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, our High Commissioner and Director General of the International Organisation for Migration,” he said.
The Representative assured that like the previous three JRPs, this one was also formulated keeping the assistance to the host communities in mind.
United Nations agencies, NGOs and donors, led by UNHCR and IOM, have prepared the JRP 2020 that will cover the period from January to December this year.
Food security, health, shelter, nutrition, protection and logistics are some of the key sectors where the available fund will be used, they said, adding that there will be sector-wise allocations for the whole year.
As high as 100,000 more people from the host communities could be covered under the 2020 JRP, said the officials. This number was 330,000 under the third JRP.
The amount involving 2020 JRP is $43 million lesser than $920 million JRP for 2019.
Asked about the reduced amount, a senior government official closely involved with the process said, “As the emergency period is over and the crisis has settled. So, some sectors, including shelter, will need lesser funding.”
Meanwhile, according to the financial tracking system of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), as of yesterday (Tuesday) $636.7 million, 69.2 per cent of the appealed $920.5 million for 2019, has been met, leaving about one third still unmet.
About the unmet funding under 2019 JRP, UNHCR Bangladesh Representative Corliss said that as compared with plans for other crises, this one has been ‘very good’.
“We will keep on working to ensure continued funding for the Rohingya,” he said.
The first JRP appealing for $434 million was launched after the latest exodus of Rohingyas in late August, 2017 of which 64 per cent was met.
The second JRP for the year of 2018 was worth $950 million, 69 per cent of which was met.