Revision of the Transitional Workplan for the North Caucasus (Russian Federation) 2006

18 July 2006

In 2006, nine UN agencies and thirteen NGOs have run a joint recovery-oriented, humanitarian and development assistance operation in Chechnya and its neighboring republics under the Inter-Agency Transitional Workplan for the North Caucasus. The consultative partnership for planning and implementing this program in fact extends far wider than this group, and comprises many more NGOs, local and federal government bodies, ICRC, and diplomatic missions and assistance donors.

The operational environment in the North Caucasus has developed largely as anticipated in the Transitional Workplan. While serious concerns about violence and insecurity remain, the security situation allows for more access and project activity than a few years ago. This is especially true in Chechnya, where the UN, ICRC, and NGOs have a much greater presence. Further, and largely thanks to this improved presence, the pairing of humanitarian relief with recovery objectives has opened new areas of dialogue and coordinated assistance aimed at the root causes of vulnerability. There is a converging of Transitional Workplan efforts with those of government and local communities. In some areas where NGOs and UN agencies have provided humanitarian assistance the past few years, the government is gradually gaining its capacity and taking over.

Looking forward to the second half of the 2006 operation and the beginning of 2007 planning, one finds that emergency humanitarian relief already is being reduced. In the Food Security and Agriculture Sector this is particularly clear as the priorities of assistance providers turn toward livelihood support. There is also hope for finding durable solutions for some, but far from all, internally displaced persons. And not least of all, new ideas are emerging for assistance projects in socioeconomic recovery and promoting peace and tolerance. These developments are expounded briefly in this Update to the Transitional Workplan.

Donor support to the Transitional Workplan thus far in 2006 has given clear encouragement for its coordinated program. As of 16 June, participating agencies have available as contributions and pledges US $34.9 million, against the now-revised needs of US $81.9 million. This is more  than had been received at this time in last year’s CAP. In percentage terms, it compares favorably with CAP funding rates worldwide.

Significant progress has been made toward the goals of the Transitional Workplan: a) to enhance protection of civilians, b) to provide essential humanitarian relief, and c) to encourage and assist recovery.  Recalling that transition is a multi-year process, but remaining committed to recovery, the partners in the Inter-Agency Transitional Workplan for the North Caucasus continue to refine the existing project delivery and coordination mechanisms to meet the evolving needs.

 

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