This 2016 Darfur Programme (DP) Appeal has become the 13th annual appeal since the start of the Caritas Internationalis (CI) and ACT Alliance (ACT) collaboration, beginning in 2004. Since the start of this collaboration, the DP has been able to actively respond to the ongoing humanitarian crisis that continues to erode the Darfur region. This erosion has left a majority of the Darfuri population in the midst of a vicious cycle; torn away from their homes – and having to call IDP camps their new home – being stripped of their livelihoods and living in poverty. It has been estimated by the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) that this ongoing conflict has left nearly 3.3 million people internally displaced and 4.4 million people – including IDPs and the host communities – in need of humanitarian support and assistance (OCHA, October 2015). The numbers will inevitably increase throughout the year; however, 2015 has proven to be one of the worst years yet; pressure continues to be mounted on those existing camps and basic services.
Recent years have shown that the ongoing nature of the Darfur crisis has created a steep deterioration of funding. After more than 10 years of conflict in the region – and with no foreseeable end in sight – donors have become discouraged and disenchanted by the idea of putting funds towards Darfur, and Sudan, in general. Thus, the DP has been negatively affected and, in 2014, was forced to reduce its budget twice throughout the year. It is for this reason as to why the 2015 year saw a much smaller scope and range of activities than previously. After having witnessed the incremental decline in funding across Sudan, the 2016 Appeal has therefore had to build out a budget which is much more realistic with the current donor trends.