The SHF to allocate US$13.3 million, but more resources are urgently needed to sustain life-saving response
The Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF) has issued a call for project proposals to eligible partners under its First Standard Allocation Window of US$13.3 million. This is geared towards sustaining the life-saving response in areas experiencing pre-drought conditions including acute water shortages, causing the death of livestock, escalating hunger and extreme difficulty in growing crops. The crisis has been exacerbated by protection risks and limited access to health facilities and basic services. The SHF funds will also target underserved and hard-to-access areas through cluster-specific and integrated projects. Through the integrated response, 33 per cent of the $13.3 million will support vulnerable communities facing severe water shortages in Toghdeer, Gedo and Lower Juba, while the remaining funds will be used to support critical cluster-specific interventions across the country.
Prioritized activities will help address food insecurity and acute water shortages through rehabilitation of dams and construction of water harvesting infrastructure, conditional cash transfers to access food, provision of fodder seeds and training on improved fodder production and management. Other project activities also aim to improve health and nutrition outcomes, through delivery of free basic and life-saving health services, training health care staff and provision of curative and preventative nutrition services.
WASH services to most vulnerable communities living in underserved and hard-to-access areas in Hiraan, Sool, Bakool and Bay regions will also be enhanced through rehabilitation and construction of water infrastructure and installation and rehabilitation of sanitation facilities on the sites. SHF funds will support access to education for pre-drought affected children from IDP and poor host communities. Additionally, protection risks will be eased through the provision of emergency support items, shelter/NFI kits, dignity kits, cash for emergency assistance to victims of eviction, community psychosocial support and the establishment of referrals and provision of legal aid for GBVsurvivors. Children and other vulnerable individuals, particularly persons with special needs including those with disabilities, will be prioritized.
This SHF allocation is complemented by two CERF allocations; a Rapid Response allocation of $7 million to address the critical water shortages and an Anticipatory Action allocation of $20 for early action against potential drought in many parts of Somalia.
While this early funding from the SHF is critical for continued programming, much more financial support is required to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance and livelihood support to millions of Somalis in 2021. As of 29 March, the 2021 HRP is only 3.9 percent funded ($43.1 M). Early funding can keep the situation from deteriorating further as weather predictions indicate lower than average rainfall in the Gu rainy season (April-June) due to effects of La Niña.