Shortage of funding hinders live-saving response
Response to the ongoing floods continue to be hampered by suboptimal funding. To support priority needs, the Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF) Advisory Board has endorsed a US$9 million Reserve Allocation to the worst affected areas. SHF also continues to support COVID-19-related reprogramming requests from its partners. Thus far, 14 partners have reprogrammed $76,000 and requested no cost extensions thereby ensuring the continuity of ongoing responses in health, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and food security alongside the adoption of COVID-19 prevention techniques in line with cluster and Ministry of Health guidelines and standards. The activities include targeted trainings, COVID-19-related messaging and awareness raising sessions, purchase of PPE equipment for staff, construction of emergency latrines and installation of WASH facilities to ensure access to safe water in IDP settlements. In addition, SHF partners have adopted mobile money transfers instead of vouchers in food security and WASH projects with cash for work components. Despite generous donor contributions, humanitarian needs in Somalia remain worryingly high. By 1 September 2020, $567 million had been received against activities in the Humanitarian Response Plan. Key clusters such as health (23 per cent) and protection (15 per cent) – crucial to the prevention of disease outbreak and gender-based violence respectively that have been known to rise due to compromised living conditions-are critically underfunded.
Somalia Humanitarian Fund to launch After-Action Review survey. In its ongoing efforts to strengthen transparent and open dialogue with its stakeholders, SHF will launch an After-Action Review through a survey to gauge their satisfaction with the First Standard Allocation held in March 2020. The survey will assess the process and support provided to SHF partners during the allocation process and use the received feedback to improve the Fund’s performance in future allocations. The 2020 First Standard Allocation prioritized lifesaving humanitarian response to underserved and hard-to access areas through direct implementation by the best placed responders where possible. The Fund plans to conduct these surveys periodically.