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CAP SECTION OCHA-GENEVA FLASH APPEALS and CERF. What is a Flash Appeal? Part of the Consolidated Appeals Process, the humanitarian sector s main tool.

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2 What is a Flash Appeal? Part of the Consolidated Appeals Process, the humanitarian sector s main tool for coordination, strategic planning and programming. A tool that provides an overview of urgent life-saving needs, within a week of the emergency's onset. Contains rapid needs assessment information, a common humanitarian action plan, and specific sectoral response plans and projects. Addresses acute needs for up to six months (and can be developed into a consolidated appeal if the emergency continues beyond six months).

3 What is the Flash Appeal's rationale? To avoid competing and overlapping appeals; To provide a framework for strategic, coordinated, and inclusive programming; To serve as an inventory or catalogue of priority humanitarian project proposals, and a barometer of funding response.

4 What warrants an Appeal? Any crisis or disaster needing humanitarian response that (a) exceeds the capacity of the affected country government, and (b) exceeds the capacity and/or mandate of any one UN agency.

5 GA Resolution 46/182 : For emergencies requiring a consolidated response, the Secretary-General should ensure that an initial Consolidated Appeal covering all concerned organisations of the system, prepared in consultation with the affected State, is issued within the shortest possible time…

6 Who is involved? Resident Coordinator / Humanitarian Coordinator (leading the process, with OCHA s support) UN Agencies Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement NGOs (international and local) Donors (field office reps) Affected country government. (The appeal is done in consultation with the government.)

7 Indicative Timeframe from disaster/crisis onset … Day 1 UN HC/RC triggers Flash Appeal – consults IASC country team – Government consulted. Day 2-3 UNCT conducts rapid needs assessment and prepares Flash Appeal. Day 4 CAP Section shares draft with IASC HQs for 24 hr review Day 5 CAP Section processes & electronically publishes the document Official launch of appeal (Because all this has to happen very fast with imperfect information, flash appeals are routinely revised a few weeks after the first edition.)

8 1st/2nd editions: Compromise between speed and precision: no one expects the early first edition to be comprehensive. You re only expected to do the best you can with the fragmentary info available, plus good inference. The second edition (or revision) is prepared when better info is available usually 4-6 weeks later. It includes more early recovery.

9 Content of a Flash Appeal Executive Summary Context and Humanitarian Consequences / Needs Response Plans per sector(incl. project summaries) Roles and Responsibilities Tables of project funding requirements (per agency, per sector, etc.)

10 The result:

11 Is Flash Appeal funding channelled through OCHA? No … In most cases, agencies negotiate their funding directly with donors. In funding terms, the appeal therefore serves as an inventory of project proposals. $

12 Sector leads have a crucial role : Leading rapid needs assessments Setting sectoral strategy and priorities Gathering project proposals inclusively (incl. NGOs), but also … Vetting projects ruthlessly. ALL VERY FAST

13 Your job as Sector leads re appeal projects : Get all actors to the table. Identify highest-priority needs, and make sure projects are proposed that cover those. (These form the top-priority projects in the appeal.) Gather other proposals and filter them, applying criteria of relevance to need, feasibility (within timeframe, agency capacity, & operating environment), etc. Try to stimulate proposals to fill gaps. Call in more capacity if needed.

14 Flash Appeal = strategic response plan which includes a set ( catalogue ) of projects and request for funds CERF = source of funds, i.e. donor

15 Relationship between CERF Rapid Response Window and Flash Appeals: Situations requiring CERF funds should normally also generate a Flash Appeal. The HC allocates available CERF funds to the highest-priority FA projects. CERF provides the initial injection of funds for the most urgent life-saving projects in the Flash Appeal to cover the time lag between issuance of the Appeal and receipt of commitments and funds from donors Ideal: Simultaneously prepare Flash appeal and prioritize projects within it for CERF funding; show CERF allocations in summary financial tables within Flash Appeal document (if already decided).

16 Why do both a CERF request and a Flash Appeal? Major emergencies require a strategic plan, not a series of disconnected projects. Most emergencies need more funding than CERF can provide. Most also need humanitarian actions that are more holistic than those meeting CERF s strict life-saving criterion.

17 Roles and Responsibilities: Rapid Response ** Project Prioritization and Selection is a field-driven process led by the RC/HC. Agencies cannot submit proposals directly to the ERC. ** RC/HC convenes CT meeting to discuss needs & response gaps, and to set priorities for CERF funding; RC/HC selects projects based on needs and formally submits the grant request package to the ERC In consultation with the Country Team and based on needs assessments, RC/HC triggers Flash Appeal and requests CERF funds for priority life-saving needs ERC approves an allocation (usually a percentage of the overall requirement for the emergency response) and requests a grant package from the RC/HC ERC approves project proposals in grant request package, and funds are disbursed to each agency Headquarters

18 Example of Flash Appeal project box UNHCR KEN-06/F02 Project title: Refugee feeding programme Objectives: Timely and adequate food is available for new refugee arrivals, particularly vulnerable groups. Implementation: Wet feeding at the border towns for new arrivals Beneficiaries – 80,000 persons $79,994 Less CERF allocation $33,878 Net requirements: $46,116

19 Consolidated Appeal A Consolidated Appeal is, basically, a longer version of a Flash Appeal (usually 12 months), for longer-term crises, offering more analysis and detail.

20 Disaster/FA/CERF FA titleDisaster Date N.of days Disaster to FA N. of days CERF to FA Bolivia18 Jan Peru15 Aug Nicaragua4 Sep 0710 Dom. Rep29 Oct 0782

21 UN/IOM and NGOs in FA Bolivia, Nicaragua, Peru, Domenican Republic Appealing Org. $ Requested $ Received % coverage NGOs2,877,4581,014,09935% UN Agencies & IOM 104,919,78139,494,22038% TOTAL107,797,23940,508,41938%

22 Comparison of Funding to FA in 2007 Latin America and the Caribbean

23 FA Funding and CERF

24 Further material:

25 Financial Tracking Services (Access through ReliefWeb)

26 Any questions? Laura Calvio CAP Section, OCHA-Geneva Tel / Fax Room 304, Palais des Nations, 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

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