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.
909,000 conflict-affected people reached 1m people in need of assistance
63% of the Internally displaced people in Rakhine, Kachin and northern Shan reached
£73.5m committed 74 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
54 partners including 36 local partners We strengthen the capacity and resilience of local organisations
6th May 2021
Localisation is interwoven throughout all HARP-F work, as a deliberate strategy to increase the effectiveness of humanitarian aid and build the resilience of crisis-affected populations. All HARP-F’s programming centres on building the capabilities of national partners to play an increasing leadership role in humanitarian response. This brief provides an overview of HARP-F approach to localisation.Read more
23rd April 2021
The situation in Myanmar is highly unstable and humanitarian needs are increasing following the military coup on 1 February 2021. There is, as of end of April, no clear outcome for Myanmar and no quick solution. Any future programming decisions, beyond response to immediate needs, should be carefully considered based on facts, which are few and far between at the moment.Read more Restricted