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Ukraine: 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) [EN/UA]

Almost seven years of active fighting have had profound consequences on the lives of more than five million people in conflict-affected Donetska and Luhanska oblasts of eastern Ukraine1. Some 3.4 million of these people are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection. 

The 2021 Ukraine Humanitarian Response Plan seeks to address the needs of 1.9 million of the most vulnerable people by providing emergency lifesaving assistance and protection across six sectoral areas – education, food security and livelihoods, health, protection, shelter and non-food items as well as water and sanitation. The 2021 response will continue to focus on saving lives, ensuring people’s access to basic services and strengthening protection to those affected by the armed conflict and COVID-19. Among the most vulnerable are the elderly, who represent 40 per cent of the people targeted for assistance in 2021, as well as the children of vulnerable families who make up 15 per cent. Importantly, the response also aims to meet the critical needs of 240,000 people with disabilities. 

The vast majority of the 1.9 million people targeted for humanitarian assistance live in the two conflictaffected oblasts of Luhansk and Donetsk. Over 770,000 of the people targeted live in areas outside of Government-control (NGCA) while 1.14 million live in Government-controlled areas (GCA). The GCA caseload includes 189,000 people who have been internally displaced and account for 17 per cent of the people targeted in GCA. There are fewer people targeted for assistance in NGCA than GCA despite the higher severity of humanitarian needs in NGCA because ongoing access constraints continue to limit operational capacity. If humanitarian access improves, particularly to areas outside the Government’s control, the ability to respond and the related financial requirement will be likely to increase. 

Humanitarian actors will continue to support the Government, local authorities and responders to strengthen service delivery and provide humanitarian response in GCA. This support recognises the strong capacity, particularly of local and regional authorities, to play this leadership role and the development opportunities that are present. The target to assist 1.9 million people across the conflict-affected area is similar to the 2020 target and reflects response capacity, access restrictions and the development of COVID-19.

In 2021, humanitarian operations will focus on delivering a series of sectoral responses aligned with three overarching Strategic Objectives:

  • (1) Provide emergency and time-critical assistance and ensure access to basic essential services for 1.9 million people affected by the armed conflict (including 189,000 IDPs), exacerbated by COVID-19.
  • (2) Respond to the protection needs and strengthen protection of 1.5 million conflict-affected people, including 189,000 IDPs, with due regard to international norms and standards;
  • (3) Ensure implementation of a humanitarian exit strategy in Government-controlled areas from 2021-2023.

The humanitarian response will require $168 million to carry out prioritised humanitarian action in 2021. The critical priority requirements for early funding have been identified to allow immediate implementation of urgent projects and activities. Planned activities included in the 2021 HRP have been selected with emphasis on quality humanitarian actions that (i) save lives, (ii) specifically address the urgent needs of the most vulnerable, (iii) target the areas of the most severe humanitarian needs, (iv) consider time criticality, taking into consideration seasonality and COVID-19 factors; (v) consider the probability of immediate implementation, and (vi) are non-duplicative of, or are complementary to the responses of other actors. The funds are required to implement 96 projects by 40 partners. These projects will be implemented alongside the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross and will complement the Government’s efforts to address humanitarian needs. 

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Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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Original Publication Date: 
15 Feb 2021
Document type: 
Strategic Response Plan
Location(s): 
Ukraine