On 8 February 2016 we responded to a funding alert in response to the influx of South Sudanese refugees into Uganda.
Since the outbreak of hostilities at the end of 2013, the number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda has steadily increased, reaching an estimated 170,000 by the end of 2015. However, there has been a sharp rise in the number of new refugees in January 2016: according to UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 9,519 South Sudanese refugees arrived between 1 and 24 January 2016.
According to the United Nation’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have not yet committed/contributed any funding in 2016 for the South Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRP). Outside of the appeal, the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO), Denmark and Sweden have committed/contributed US$5.8 million to Uganda.
Photo: A group of children gather around in the Kyriandongo refugee settlement in Uganda. Uganda hosts more than half a million refugees, most of them from South Sudan. Credit: GPE/Chantal Rigaud.
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.