SYR OCHA Emergency Response Fund

Project completed

Humanitarian needs in Syria have dramatically risen since the beginning of the crisis in 2011. Access to the 12 million persons in need of humanitarian assistance is a great challenge as almost 5 million are living in hard-to-reach areas. The Emergency Response Fund (ERF) for Syria based in Damascus is complementary to the Humanitarian Pooled Fund (HPF) based in Gaziantep (Turkey) and supports humanitarian interventions in a flexible and timely manner with a focus to deliver aid to hard-to-reach and besieged areas.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Syria
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR
Material relief assistance
01.09.2015 - 31.12.2016
CHF 3'500'000
Background

In the last four years, since the start of the Syria crisis, violence has led to the death of over 200'000 people. The number of people in need of assistance has grown to over 12 million, including about 7.6 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), 5 million living in hard-to-reach and besieged areas. 4 million persons have fled Syria to neighbouring countries. The crisis is characterized by the current absence of effective protection for a significant number of civilians in certain parts of Syria. High insecurity and impediments imposed by actors to the conflict are the main constraints for humanitarian organizations providing assistance. Despite these challenges, humanitarian assistance is delivered by UN agencies, ICRC, international and Syrian NGOs. The ERF in Syria was established as an instrument to support these actors to respond in a fast and flexible way to needs in underserved sectors and locations.

Objectives

Save lives, reduce vulnerabilities and enhance resilience by providing flexible and timely resources to humanitarian actors, thereby expanding the delivery of humanitarian assistance, increasing humanitarian access, and strengthening partnerships with local and international non-governmental organizations.

Target groups

Crisis affected population inside Syria including both the internally displaced persons and the hosting community with special focus on women, children, elderly and persons with disabilities, whose basic livelihood and survival are under immediate threat, especially in hard to reach areas. Syrian NGOs and civil society organizations receive capacity building to develop projects, monitor and generate good quality reports.

Medium-term outcomes
  1. Needs based assistance in accordance with humanitarian principles is delivered and promoted.
  2. Critical life-saving needs are rapidly responded to, with a particular focus on the most acute needs in the most underserved areas, including besieged and hard to reach areas.
  3. The relevance and coherence of the humanitarian response is improved, by strategically funding assessed humanitarian action as identified in the Syria Response Plan (SAP).
Results

Expected results:  

  1. Timely and effective disbursement of multi-donor funding to alleviate the humanitarian urgent needs of the affected population, guided by the SRP, in partnership with INGOs, UN agencies and Syrian civil society organizations.
  2. Coordination and leadership through the cluster/sector system and function of the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) is strengthened.
  3. Priority cluster/sectors and subnational priorities in accordance with the assessed needs are supported and strengthened.


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs


Other partners

Sweden and Germany have so far been the main contributors to the ERF. Both countries have similar values and approaches to humanitarian aid and support the humanitarian principled approach of the fund, jointly with SDC.

Coordination with other projects and actors

The ERF is guided by the SRP. SDC's contribution to the ERF is complementary to its: (1) bilateral partnerships with INGOs; (2) multilateral and bilateral partnerships with the UN and the ICRC; (3) SDC's contribution to the Humanitarian Pooled Fund for Syria administered by UN- OCHA Gaziantep, Turkey.

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   3'500'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   3'500'000
Project phases

Phase 1 01.09.2015 - 31.12.2016   (Completed)