Zimbabwe Humanitarian Gaps Appeal for 2013 Launched

The 2013 Zimbabwe Humanitarian Gaps Appeal was launched on 15 January in Harare with humanitarian agencies requesting US$131 million to address lingering humanitarian needs.

At the launch, United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Zimbabwe, Mr. Alain Noudehou said, “The humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe has continued to improve and remains largely stable. This is due to the concerted effort by the Government of Zimbabwe, donors and other stakeholders to address the humanitarian needs arising from the challenges that the country faced over the last decade.”

Despite these positive gains, some humanitarian challenges remain. The majority of these challenges are related to food insecurity which affects about 1.6 million people. Others include assisting populations affected by sporadic outbreaks of waterborne diseases, and providing humanitarian aid to a range of highly vulnerable groups.

Launching the appeal, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Regional Integration and International Cooperation, Mr Tadeous Chifamba noted, “This appeal marks a departure from previous appeals under the Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) as there is general consensus that Zimbabwe is not a classic humanitarian case that should continue using the CAP.  It is also an acknowledgement that Zimbabwe is on the road to recovery and sustained economic growth.”

The Appeal, which is 50% less than the 2012 request,  contains 10 high-priority humanitarian projects in the areas of food; health; water, sanitation and hygiene; and protection, with more than 80 per cent being for food assistance.

Emerging humanitarian challenges outside these areas will be addressed through the Emergency Response Fund managed by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on behalf of the humanitarian community. This approach aims to ensure that remaining humanitarian needs are addressed while consolidating the gains made towards recovery and development through the appropriate mechanisms.

In her remarks as a representative from the donor community, Ambassador of the Royal Norwegian Embassy, H.E Ms. Ingebjørg Støfring said, “As donors, we will play our part to ensure a responsible transition from emergency assistance to recovery and development. As we collectively do so, it is critical that existing humanitarian gaps are closed carefully, lest we lose the recent gains.”

In 2013, in addition to mobilizing resources to address the remaining vulnerabilities, major efforts will also focus on strengthening the capacity of Government to lead emergency preparedness and disaster risk reduction programmes. As such, support will be provided to the Department of Civil Protection, including support to contingency planning and the implementation of the Disaster Risk Management Strategy.

The 2012 humanitarian appeal mobilized US $196.9 million (representing 83% of the funds requested), making it one of best funded appeals globally.

Read the Statement by the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator

2013 Zimbabwe Humanitarian Gaps Appeal Document