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South Sudan: 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan

Guided by three strategic objectives, humanitarian partners aim to meet the most critical needs of 6 million people, out of an estimated 7 million in need of protection and assistance across the country. The 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) was developed against the backdrop of deepening humanitarian needs and an increasingly challenging and costly operational environment.
The plan is the result of careful prioritization and evidencebased decision-making by humanitarian partners, written in complement to the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) Interim Cooperation Framework (ICF), which includes a greater emphasis on resilience-building and strengthening basic services. The three strategic objectives of the 2018 HRP do not represent a major departure from those that guided the response in 2017, given that the main humanitarian concerns remain  argely the same. The response will continue to be driven by the humanitarian imperative to save lives and alleviate suffering, an emphasis on the centrality of protection, and a necessity to sustain communities’ coping capacity in the face of major threats. Humanitarian actors will remain committed to ensuring principled humanitarian action in the restrictive operational context. In tandem with the efforts captured in the HRP, humanitarian partners will continue to urge relevant  uthorities to uphold their responsibilities and dedicate resources for humanitarian protection and assistance.

1. Save lives by providing timely and integrated multisector assistance to reduce acute humanitarian needs among the most vulnerable people
The first strategic objective stems from the humanitarian imperative to save lives, alleviate  uffering and uphold people’s dignity in areas of most need.  Guided by the humanitarian principles, it stresses affected communities’ ability to safely access humanitarian assistance and protection that is based on people’s evolving needs. Humanitarian partners commit to integrated, conflict-sensitive  programming and to doing no harm, including through accountability to affected people.

2. Reinforce protection and promote access to basic services for the displaced and other vulnerable people
The second strategic objective emphasizes the centrality of protection of civilians to the humanitarian response. It highlights the role of humanitarian partners in advocating to prevent further violence; calling on all parties to uphold their responsibilities under international humanitarian and human rights law; responding to survivors’ needs in a dignified  manner; and reducing the protection risks faced by different vulnerable groups identified through an age-gender-diversity perspective among displaced populations and host communities to both avoid to causing harm and implement integrated response. It also urges partners to promote displaced and other vulnerable people’s access to basic  ervices.

3. Support at-risk communities  to sustain their capacity to cope with significant threats
The third strategic objective  aims to support communities to prepare for and cope with recurrent shocks and stresses caused by the multiple drivers of the humanitarian crisis. Recognizing the complementary services provided by authorities and development partners, humanitarians will focus on actions that enhance at risk-communities’ positive coping mechanisms. They will also encourage relevant partners to support people’s resilience, and establish or restore basic services,  articularly through the UNCT Interim Cooperation Framework.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
13 Dec 2017
Document type: 
Strategic Response Plan