To date, the Northern Ethiopia Response Plan mobilized US$683 million but this is far from meeting the growing requirements. As the conflict expands to Afar and Amhara regions, needs outpace the response, and operational challenges raise costs. Accordingly, the Plan will be updated and is expected to be finalized in the first half of October.
On 18 August, the Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund (EHF) launched the 2021 second reserve allocation of $20 million. The allocation will target immediate and life-saving activities in emergency shelter, camp coordination and management, health, nutrition, protection, and water, sanitation and hygiene sectors in Tigray, Amhara and Afar. Some 55 proposals have been submitted for consideration totaling $26.8 million, indicating the increased needs. Urgent funding to the EHF is required to continue supporting partners’ response as the current fund balance stands at only $2.5 million. On 20 September, the EHF Advisory Board met to discuss the activities and performance of the fund since the beginning of the year and to define the allocation strategy for the remainder of the year.
Overall, the OCHA-managed pooled funds (the EHF and the Central Emergency Response Fund-CERF) have allocated $76.5 million to the northern Ethiopia humanitarian response. At least 23 partners benefitted from the funds targeting 7.6 million people affected by the crisis.