On 30 July 2015 we responded to a funding alert for acute malnutrition in southeast regions of Mauritania – Hodh El Chargui and Assaba.
Both regions suffer from chronic poverty and high food insecurity due to severe drought and low levels of agricultural production in 2014. A limited presence of humanitarian actors, security constraints and weak capacity within existing health structures have increased the risk of acute malnutrition amongst vulnerable populations.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have committed/contributed US$35.7 million of humanitarian assistance to Mauritania so far in 2015. The European Union (EU)’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) is the largest donor in 2015, having contributed or committed US$13.2 million to the crisis.
The UN-coordinated Strategic Response Plan (SRP) for Mauritania requests US$95 million from donors to respond to the crisis. The SRP is currently 34% funded at US$32 million; a further US$3.7 million has been given outside the appeal.
In 2015, Mauritania received an estimated US$16.6 million for nutrition and food security-related projects. According to our analysis of UN OCHA FTS data, US$1.2 million of this total has been committed/contributed to projects in Hodh El Chargui. There have been no disbursements in 2015 for activities addressing malnutrition and food insecurity in Assaba region.
GHA AND THE START NETWORK
The GHA Programme is partnering with the START network to help to inform its funding allocation decisions. The START network is a consortium of British-based humanitarian INGOs, which has recently launched its own fund to help fill funding gaps and enable rapid response to under-reported crises where need is great.
When the START members issue a funding alert, we produce (within 12 hours) a rapid overview of the humanitarian funding picture – recent funding, an overview of appeals and funds, and analysis of donor trends. The analysis is targeted not only at the START network but also to a wider set of stakeholders engaged in these crises – including donors, humanitarian organisations, analysts, advocates and citizens.