Myanmar is in a state of protracted, complex and evolving humanitarian crisis, compounded by the February 2021 military coup; it calls for a different response that is driven by and 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.
996,000 conflict-affected people reached 1m people in need of assistance
63% of the Internally displaced people in Rakhine, Kachin and northern Shan reached
£74.7m committed through 77 grants providing predictable, multi-year financing
8 sectors WASH, Food, Health, Livelihoods, Nutrition, Protection, Shelter, COVID-19
500,000 people reached with COVID-19 prevention measures
55 partners including 36 local partners We strengthen the capacity and resilience of local organisations
15th September 2021
In preparation for the development of the online self-learning training platform, HARP-F conducted a survey of potential beneficiaries. Our research revealed that no generalised emergency response course is available in Myanmar. Many trainings that exist in Myanmar focus on disaster risk reduction rather than emergency response more broadly. No courses exist in Myanmar language, with Myanmar trainers or applying real-life situations from Myanmar as the training scenario.
COVID-19 has restricted the ability of people to move and meet in large numbers, and these movement restrictions have been compounded by the current ongoing crisis. Many international staff of humanitarian organisations have left Myanmar, creating a greater reliance on Myanmar staff and national organisations to play a leading role in the response. Humanitarian needs are growing and expected to continue to do so while the current situation remains volatile. The need, therefore, for an accessible online self-learning training in emergency response is expected to be high. Of 79 respondents to HARP-F’s survey (from 40 organisations), 88% felt that an online / self-learning training course would be useful.
Closing date for the proposal : 30th September 2021.
13th September 2021
LOCALISATION AS A KEY APPROACH IN MYANMAR
Access has always been a major challenge for international organisations in Myanmar, particularly to conflict-affected areas where humanitarian needs are the highest. This has been exacerbated by COVID-19 and now a coup: post-coup, donors and international organisations are more reliant than ever on national partners. Local and national organisations have better access to crisis-affected communities, and a first-hand understanding of the local context. They are also invested in the communities they serve in the long term, accountable to those communities, and often the first responders in an emergency. They provide a level of sustainability, credibility and proximity to affected populations which international organisations can struggle to maintain.