Revision of the Consolidated Appeal for Uganda 2006

4 May 2006

The present revision of the 2006 Common Humanitarian Action Plan (CHAP) and Consolidated Appeal (CAP) is aimed at strengthening common strategies and programmes in accordance with the current evolution of humanitarian needs facing populations in conflict-affected regions in northern Uganda. In line with the guidelines of the Inter-agency Standing Committee (IASC) for the implementation of the recommendations of the 2005 Humanitarian Response Review, this revision of the 2006 CHAP/CAP is intended to enhance response capacities, especially in the areas of protection and early recovery, and strengthen existing coordination frameworks to improve the delivery of humanitarian assistance in Uganda through implementation of the “cluster approach” in areas identified as gaps. This review is aimed at integrating priority areas to those already identified in the original 2006 CHAP/CAP and in line with evolving needs and vulnerabilities of affected populations. It includes also the adjustment of programme delivery strategies through improved camp management and cross-sector activities and early recovery programmes. This revised CHAP and appeal also include plans for strengthening the response within the respective cluster and cluster lead requirements.

Despite a recent decrease in the number of Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) attacks on civilians as well as armed confrontations between the Ugandan People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and the LRA, the unresolved conflict remains the main cause of continuously high levels of vulnerabilities among affected populations in Acholi and northern Lango regions, Apac and Adjumani districts.  The process of improvement of living conditions in displacement camps is painfully slow.  Movement restrictions imposed on the displaced population hindered effective utilisation of accessible arable land around displacement camps.  These conditions also limit the impact of humanitarian programmes, especially in terms of delivery and maintenance of quality basic services.

In Teso and central/southern Lango regions, where security conditions are more stable, the process of population return is already underway.  The Government of Uganda has publicly committed to ensure people’s rights to voluntary return.  However, families willing to return home still face the uncertainties of living conditions in areas of return and little progress has been made to effectively support these families’ needs, including their need for accurate and timely information on overall security conditions to ensure durable return and reintegration.  Although not directly affected by the ongoing conflict with the LRA, the deterioration of the environment in the region, recent drought cycles and recurrent waves of insecurity resulting from Karimojong incursions and the proliferation of small arms, have led to population displacements within Karamoja sub-region and into the neighbouring districts.

In this context, there is growing consensus among the humanitarian community in Uganda that the past efforts to enhance protection activities and relief assistance in camps for the internally displaced have not achieved sufficient impact.  With population return and reintegration becoming a possibility in some parts of the country, renewed efforts are required to find an appropriate balance between continued provision of basic assistance in camps while paying more systematic and enhanced attention to the promotion of and support to human rights, including people’s right to freedom of movement.

UN agencies and humanitarian partners in Uganda increasingly recognise that if people in northern Uganda had greater freedom of movement they would be in a position to make choices about how best to manage their own basic needs and livelihoods.  Therefore, the IASC and UN Country Team (UNCT) have agreed to incorporate promotion of freedom of movement as part of the 2006 CHAP, its objectives, strategies and advocacy actions vis-à-vis all parties to the conflict affecting northern Uganda.  This renewed focus implies a review of the way in which humanitarian programmes operate in camps, an assessment of the impact of humanitarian assistance on reducing mortality and morbidity rates and a renewed engagement with the Government to ensure effective application of the principles contained in the National Policy for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

The total funding requirements of this CAP revision amount to US$[1] 39,898,018 in addition to the $ 222,603,257 requested in the original 2006 CAP for Uganda.  Thus, the total funds required in the 2006 CAP amount to $ 262,501,275.



[1]  All dollar figures in this document are United States dollars ($). Requirements might change as the situation evolves. As such, readers are asked to refer to the Financial Tracking Service (FTS, http://fts.unocha.org), which will display the appeal’s requirements and funding on the CAP 2006 page. Pledges and contributions to this appeal should, as always, be reported to the FTS. 

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