CERF funds to the rescue of vulnerable people
In July 2020, the UN Emergency Coordinator announced his decision to allocate $ 5 million to Burundi to meet the pressing needs for vulnerable people. After analyzing the context, under the leadership of the Resident Coordinator and in agreement with the country's humanitarian team, two lines of response were identified, in particular a) assistance to the 30,000 people affected by the April Gatumba floods - May 2020 and living in IDP sites, and b) support for the repatriation process for 5,250 Burundian refugees returning to their country.
Five agencies have proposed multisectoral projects that will facilitate the return and the establishment of durable solutions in the sites of the displaced, emergency assistance to returnees on arrival in the transit sites as well as the prevention and management of cases of gender-based violence and activities related to women empowerment. Thus, Unicef will be able to support 4,000 women in solidarity groups and will provide the water and sanitation response in return neighborhoods, relocation areas and in temporary IDP sites. IOM will conduct profiling of displaced people to better channel assistance according to the needs of IDPs. Support in repair and construction of houses will also be ensured, in addition to assistance in renting houses for former tenants. UNFPA will focus its support on assisting girls and women of childbearing age, especially survivors of gender-based violence, while empowering them. As for WFP will provide 3-month food rations for both internally displaced persons and returnees. Half of this assistance will be in kind and the remaining part in cash. Finally, UNHCR plans to provide multisectoral assistance to returnees as they pass through transit centers. This agency will also provide assistance with non-food items to displaced persons.
The funds are already at the disposal of the agencies and most of the activities started at the beginning of December 2020.