Early funding will boost timely response in 2021 By 28 December 2020, donors had generously provided 81.6 per cent of the $1.01 billion requested in the 2020 HRP, enabling partners to reach more than 2 million people with life-saving assistance. However, funding per cluster ranged between 19 and 97 per cent. This disparity in funding across clusters has hindered adequate response. The least funded clusters are CCCM and Protection, with less than a third of their requirements met. Other key clusters such as Health, Shelter and WASH have received less than half of their requested funding. The gaps in funding may be a cause of concern in early 2021 before mainstream funding is received. Sustained financing and continued commitments from donors are required to fund ongoing activities and ensure continuity of priority humanitarian programming in early 2021.
Pooled funds boost response
In 2020, the humanitarian pooled funds, including the Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF) and the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), allocated $58 million to humanitarian partners in Somalia to respond to the impact of the triple threat of Desert Locusts, floods and COVID-19. Of the $22.1 million CERF allocation in 2020, $15 million is supporting anticipatory action interventions. The SHF allocated $36 million, enabling the fund to support 74 projects in underserved and hard-to-reach areas across Somalia. About 53 per cent of the funds allocated were channelled through local NGOs to advance the Grand Bargain commitment on localization of aid. Throughout the year, the SHF promoted the integration of humanitarian response where possible to maximize the impact of limited available resources.
Given the scale of humanitarian needs, donors are encouraged to replenish the Fund as early as possible for 2021. Early and enough funding will advance SHF's ability to provide predictable, adequate and timely support towards immediate life-saving response in Somalia