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South Sudan Humanitarian Fund Annual Report 2018

 FOREWORD  

I am pleased to share with you the 2018 South Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SSHF) Annual Report. The document reviews SSHF operations and demonstrates how the Fund was used strategically to address the urgent humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable South Sudanese in 2018. It provides an update on the management and accountability of the Fund, and a brief synopsis of results by cluster.   

I want to express my sincere appreciation to the Fund’s donors for their long-standing partnership and support. With funding provided to the SSHF we are able to respond to the
highest priority needs on the ground in a timely and coordinated way. In 2018 their contributions exceeded $88.9 million, making the Fund the fourth best supported of all the Country-based Pooled Funds. Our collective thanks go to the governments of Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Ireland, Denmark, Australia, Switzerland, Republic of Korea, Canada and Luxembourg for their generous support and advocacy to ensure the continuing relevance of the Fund.  

Funds provided by the SSHF enabled partners to save lives through timely and integrated multi-sector assistance, alleviating acute needs, reinforcing protection, promoting access to basic services for the most vulnerable people, and supporting the capacities of at-risk communities to cope with significant threats to lives, livelihoods and well-being. Furthermore, the SSHF reserve allocation mechanism was used to make a vital contribution to support Ebola Virus Disease prevention and preparedness. 

Combining flexibility and strategic focus with its robust accountability system, the SSHF supported collective prioritization, helped ensure timely allocation of scarce resources, and strengthened humanitarian coordination, leadership and the efficacy of the wider response. The SSHF continues to demonstrate its commitment to the targets  agreed through the Grand Bargain at the World Humanitarian Summit to channel  funds through national NGOs. 39 per cent of the funds allocated in 2018 went to national NGOs. 

 Looking ahead to 2019, the signing of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict offers the prospect of new opportunities to promote recovery and development. However, the cumulative effects of years of conflict, violence and destroyed livelihoods that have left the country with immense humanitarian needs must not be overlooked. We will continue demonstrating the Fund’s added value in supporting direct implementation of integrated frontline services for those at greatest risk of mortality, disease and destitution. The SSHF will remain one of the key enablers of humanitarian
response in South Sudan, not least because of its support for local partners and its unique placement within the humanitarian coordination structure. 

MR ALAIN NOUDÉHOU  

Humanitarian Coordinator for South Sudan  

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Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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Original Publication Date: 
03 Jun 2019
Document type: 
Annual Report
Location(s): 
Juba
Theme(s): 
Humanitarian Financing