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Rohingya crisis: Draft of 2020 joint response plan seeking $877m prepared

  • Published at 12:59 am December 6th, 2019
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FILE PHOTO: Bangladesh now hosts more than 1.1 million Rohingyas after nearly 700,000 crossed into the country from Myanmar following the 2017 brutal military crackdown in Rakhine State to join the Rohingyas who were already in the country Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

After the draft is finalized, an appeal for the amount, which is $43 million less than the $920 million target in 2019 JRP, is likely to be launched in a couple of months

The United Nations agencies and NGOs, along with donors, have prepared a draft of joint response plan (JRP) for 2020, for about $877 million, to look after the Rohingya refugees currently sheltered in Cox’s Bazar as well as the host communities, multiple sources have told Dhaka Tribune.

After the draft is finalized, an appeal for the amount, which is $43 million less than the $920 million target in 2019 JRP, is likely to be launched in a couple of months, the sources said.

Under the 2020 JRP, the fourth one since August 2017, an additional 100,000 people from the host communities will be covered, said the sources, adding that the number was 330,000 in the outgoing third JRP.

According to the financial tracking system of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), $301 million – about one-third of the appealed $920.5 million for 2019 – has yet to be collected, with only 25 days of the year left.

“A draft of the 2020 JRP, asking for about $877 million, has been prepared. We had a meeting of Inter Sector Coordination Group in Cox’s Bazar yesterday [Wednesday]. UN agencies, international NGOs, NGOs and donors took part in the meeting,” a senior government official deeply engaged with the process told this correspondent yesterday.

“Mind it… it is a draft. There may be changes later,” he added.

Asked about the reduced amount involving the upcoming JRP, the official said: “As the emergency period is over and the crisis has settled, some sectors, including shelter, will need less funding.”

The money will be used to meet the humanitarian needs of the Rohingyas as well as vulnerable people of the host communities, the sources said.

Food security, health, shelter, nutrition, protection and logistics are some of the key sectors where the available fund will be used, they said, adding that there will be sector-wise allocations for the whole year.

About the unmet funding under 2019 JRP, officials of the government and UN agencies said that 67% funding is “one of the best in the world.”

“Of course, we would have been happy if we could have more money. Having said that, I will point out to other crises across the world where the percentage is lower than the Rohingya response,” an official of a UN agency said.

“We have only 25 days till the end of this year. It will really be a miracle if we have full funding. But we have to manage with the money we have. We hope that in future the donors will be more generous,” said an official from another UN organization.

The first JRP appealing for $434 million was launched after the latest exodus of Rohingyas began in late August 2017. Of that, 64% was met.

The second JRP, for 2018, was worth $950 million, of which about 69% was met.