Mogadishu (UNA-OIC) – The Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF) has released $9.26 million to scale up priority life-saving assistance to nearly 300,000 people affected by floods in Somalia.
The SHF is a multi-donor country-based pooled mechanism created in 2010 to allocate funding for the most urgent life-saving interventions in Somalia. It is managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
These critical funds, part of the SHF 2020 Reserve Allocation, will support national and international non-governmental partners operating in Banadir, Hiraan, Lower Juba, Middle Shabelle and Lower Shabelle regions through integrated and Cluster-specific interventions.
“Funding from the SHF will enable aid organizations to scale up and sustain life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable flood-affected communities in the worst-affected areas in the country,” said Adam Abdelmoula, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia. “As the Deyr season persists, continuous donor funding will be needed to boost humanitarian operations and support recovery across Somalia.”
A total of $8.18 million from the Reserve will be allocated towards priority interventions to provide food assistance, non-food items and emergency shelter, support for health facilities, water services, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). In addition, the SHF funds will support critical protection services with emphasis on child protection and gender-based violence. The funds will also support the Logistics Cluster to ensure timely delivery of essential humanitarian goods and personnel in hard-to-reach and underserved areas. Some $1.08 million of the allocation will support integrated health and nutrition activities as well as integrated education, child protection and WASH activities.
The SHF – funded by Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Republic of Korea, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the UN Foundation – has so far allocated $40.2 million to Somalia.