Myanmar is in a state of protracted, complex and evolving humanitarian crisis; it calls for a different response that is responsive to humanitarian needs, and led by national actors.
Even before the military coup, humanitarian need in Myanmar had steadily increased, driven by multiple conflict dynamics and displacement, natural disasters, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The coup is impacting the ability to deliver humanitarian assistance. This means that populations that were already extremely vulnerable and relying on humanitarian aid – internally displaced people (IDPs) in camps, people newly displaced by conflict, Rohingya, returnees and their host communities – are now facing increased difficulty in accessing food, health services, and water and sanitation services. The current crisis in Myanmar is also likely to create new humanitarian needs.
1m+ people in need of humanitarian assistance
470,000 stateless Rohingya
330,000 displaced by conflict or natural disasters
We remain committed to support the people of Myanmar and are continuing to provide emergency assistance through our partners in Rakhine, Kachin, Northern Shan and at the Thai border. We are currently meeting humanitarian needs following the military coup
Local organisations are central in responding to humanitarian needs. We work with them to limit the vulnerabilities of communities and strengthen their resilience to withstand upcoming crises. We have been working with our partners to respond to rapid onset emergencies since 2017. In the past year, we have been responding to COVID-19 and the increased conflict in Rakhine state.
1.8m conflict-affected people reached
63% of the Internally displaced people in Rakhine, Kachin and northern Shan reached
£74.7m committed through 76 grants providing predictable, multi-year financing
8 sectors WASH, Food, Health, Livelihoods, Nutrition, Protection, Shelter, COVID-19
606,000 people reached with COVID-19 prevention measures
55 partners including 36 national & local partners
10th June 2022
Following the February 2021 coup in Myanmar, the Myanmar government instituted draconian measures to limit both humanitarian agencies and individuals from accessing bank-held funds. This, coupled with the increasing security and political reasons for not engaging or being able to access formal financial institutions (including banks, mobile money providers, and payroll services), has meant reduced reliance on formal financial systems.Read more
31st May 2022
This report explores the question of whether and how to support (further) localisation in the current conditions in Myanmar, which are assumed to remain similar for the next few years. It does this primarily from the perspective of international aid actors who, through their funding, hold much power over Myanmar actors. But it also speaks to what Myanmar actors need to do or do more of.Read more
3rd June 2022
This review looks at how the design, processes and structures of the HARP Facility have contributed to its ability to deliver humanitarian assistance and with what impact. It provides forward-looking recommendations that discuss how the benefits of HARP-F can be sustained in future funding for localised humanitarian responses in Myanmar.Read more