The Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SHF) Emergency Rapid Response Mechanism (ERRM) is implemented through unearmarked funds included in ongoing projects that can be accessed in rapid onset emergencies. .

Unrestricted money from ongoing projects is used to implement the Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SHF) Disaster Rapid Response Mechanism (ERRM), which can be used in sudden onset emergencies.

The system allows SHF to work with partners who are already on the ground to respond quickly to disasters. These partners have in-depth knowledge of the operating environment and strong ties to affected communities.

They have already obtained authorization from the authorities for the project activities. As a result, the ERRM is a useful tool for rapid emergency response.

In the Majok Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in South Darfur, near Nyala, the NGO Alight recently used SHF ERRM money to provide rapid emergency shelter and non-food item support. supplies (NFI) to hundreds of families.

More than 400 households were displaced from their IDP camps in Dikka, Hadoob, Tweil and Abu Jabra villages of Gereida locality following intercommunal violence in April 2022, and they sought refuge in the IDP camp displaced from Majok.

Over the next month, more displaced people arrived at the camp and local humanitarian organizations took care of their most urgent needs. An inter-agency needs assessment was carried out in the camp once the situation stabilized in early May.

Following the assessment, Alight provided SHF with a concept note for a shelter and non-food item rapid response.

While Alight resumed coordination negotiations with the International Organization for Migration on the ground, the SHF responded quickly based on discussions with sector coordinators and the OCHA sub-office. United Nations.

Four days after concept note submission, the final version was cleared and, as agreed during SHF discussions, Alight began providing emergency shelter and distributing non-food items using less ERRM than originally planned.

As part of the ongoing SHF project, Alight staff members in the area vetted and registered applicants and began purchasing shelter supplies.

Within three weeks of Alight’s presentation of the ERRM concept note, the 1,250 IDPs (250 families) targeted had functional shelter after two more coordination sessions with neighborhood groups and the community.

According to Lisa Mavisi, Grants and Business Development Manager at Alight, “Displaced people were living in open places, some seeking shelter under trees as they completed an inter-agency assessment to assess needs.

They were fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, which made things extremely difficult.

The distribution of shelters began on May 26 and ended on May 30.

We were able to help all 250 families, reaching 100% of our goal, by cooperating with partners in the emergency shelter/non-food items sector, the Humanitarian Aid Commission and the local authorities.

A total of 397 families will receive non-food items and kitchen sets in June after an additional 147 families will have received them.

To avoid overcrowding, delivery of non-food items and cooking utensils was scheduled for the day after the displaced had finished erecting their structures.

Alight was able to use the rapid and flexible ERRM arrangement again with the remaining part of the money in June 2022 for an urgent nutrition response at the stabilization center in Kalma camp, because he only used the fraction of the ERRM needed for shelter and non-food items. answer.

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