The Government and people of Bangladesh have displayed extraordinary generosity towards Rohingya refugees. However, the speed and scale of the refugee influx exceeds the capacity of the host country and humanitarian community stepped up its support to respond to the immense needs on the ground. Months after the influx, the refugees remain forced to rely upon humanitarian assistance for their basic needs and survival. The Joint Response Plan for the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis (JRP), requests US$951 million to respond to the needs of 1.3 million people this year. However, funding for the JRP remains at only 16% with notable funding gaps in Food Security and Health. With the monsoon and cyclone season the needs of the Rohingya and host community have increased further, as access to food is more challenging and the congested campsites of the Rohingya are ill-equipped to handle the torrential rains and landslides.
According to the requesting members (based on the JRP, ISCG Situation Reports, recent needs assessments and field information) most urgent needs are currently within the Shelter and NFI, Food Security, Health, WASH, Protection, and Site Management sectors. However it has to be noted that this Appeal will need to be implemented and targets met with a good degree of flexibility, considering the arrangements for project approvals as part of the government’s leadership of the response.
This revision also comes in light of the concerted efforts of the ACT Bangladesh Forum to strengthen the ACT response in Cox’s Bazar. This includes a revitalised Forum coordination mechanism, a designated Appeal Lead, a full-time ACT Coordinator, and specific arrangements for internal (ACT) and external coordination. Most significantly, this Revision now has the Christian Commission for the Development of Bangladesh (CCDB) as a requesting member, and we would like to request interested donors to channel your support to CCDB through this Appeal.
We also encourage contributions to be made at Appeal level, as the Forum has developed parameters for allocation in a transparent and coordinated manner, as such we are only publishing the consolidated Appeal budget. However should you need the budget details of each requesting member, these can be requested from the ACT Secretariat.