UN issues 1st 3-year appeal for Somalia

Women and children in southern Somalia. Humanitarian aid groups in Somalia said they would need up to $1.3 billion to help address anticipated needs there in 2013. Photo by: David Orr / WFP

Humanitarian aid groups in Somalia said they would need up to $1.3 billion to help address anticipated needs there in 2013.

The figure was unveiled as part of a 2013-2015 consolidated appeal by U.N. agencies and their partner national and international nongovernmental organizations. The appeal was launched Dec. 4 in Mogadishu, the first time an appeal was issued in the capital city.

This appeal is also the first to cover a three-year period as previous ones were issued annually. According to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the transition to a three-year appeal was “particularly needed to strengthen resilience, which is necessary to address the protracted nature of the crisis.”

Anticipated funding requirements for 2014 and 2015 are at $1.23 billion and $1.24 billion, with the bulk of the request allocated for food security needs.

2013 appeal

The funding appeal for 2013 is $170 million more than the 2012 request of $1.17 billion, which is 57 percent funded at $668 million as of Dec. 5. 

A total of 639 projects are included in the appeal, to be implemented by 177 U.N. agencies and their partner organizations. These are expected to benefit 3.8 million people, including 1.1 million internally displaced people and 236,000 acutely malnourished children under 5 years of age.

Funding requests for food security projects make up almost half of the total appeal at $670 million. Meanwhile, the appeal for water, sanitation and hygiene initiatives is at $123 million, nutrition at $122 million and protection at $105 million. Health agencies are requesting $90 million, while the shelter cluster said it needs $72 million. The appeal also covers projects for education, logistics and refugees, among others.

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