Funding update – Of the 43 MUSD required for the shelter/NFI humanitarian response as per update of the Mid-Year Review, 17.6 MUSD have been mobilized (41%), leaving a gap of 25.4 MUSD.
⌂ Under the aegis of the Shelter/NFI cluster, the recently activated Technical Shelter working group has developed its terms of reference and elaborated its action plan. Its objectives will be to develop culturally appropriate shelter designs, to support house repair and rehabilitation efforts, and to develop & provide guidance on Disaster Risk Reduction and ‘safe building’.
⌂ In coordination with the Multi-sector cash working group, the Shelter/NFI cash working group is exploring the potential to use cash in several regions, through assessments and market studies as well as planning and conducting several cash-based response activities, notably for households displaced by the border conflict between Oromia and Somali, while compiling lessons learnt to formalize its approach.
⌂ Regional coordination – Coordination is being strengthened in several regions, including Somali where a Regional cluster coordinator has been deployed, Gambella where the cluster has played a key role in pre-meher assessments, Oromia where the cluster participated in a planning workshop for the response to the border conflict, Tigray where the regional cluster coordination structure, under the leadership of the regional Disaster Bureau and the Ethiopian Red Cross Society, has been reinforced and Afar where a regional shelter/NFI cluster has been activated.
⌂ Oromia-Somali border conflict response – Following new clashes erupted along the border in early September, the cluster has been mobilized to map & cover the needs of the affected households in both regions simultaneously as well as to raise additional resources (weekly updated action plan available). Despite the engagement of additional members in the cluster and the priority allocation of resources for the conflict response, the cluster is still facing a gap of 8.4 MUSD.
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