- 400,000 people vulnerable to disaster supported each year in Myanmar /
- £51 million total funding to be disbursed to local, national, and international aid delivery organisations /
Targeted funding to increase resilience to crises
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office-funded Myanmar Humanitarian Assistance and Resilience Programme Facility (HARP-F) aims to save lives, reduce suffering, and maintain the human dignity of people affected by crisis. HARP-F takes a different approach to humanitarian assistance in Myanmar by incorporating resilience into humanitarian response programming with the hope that communities affected by natural disasters and conflict will be better able to withstand shocks in the future.
HARP has three main outcomes:
• Increased humanitarian effectiveness in protracted crises
• Improved quality and coverage of preparedness and response to rapid, quick-onset emergencies
• Better understanding of the root causes of humanitarian need and vulnerability as well as improved accountability and coordination between humanitarian actors in Burma
How we disburse the funds
The HARP Facility will provide £51 million in grants over five years to support 400,000 vulnerable people per year through various types of grant funding:
1. Delivery grants
Delivery grants support the provision of direct humanitarian assistance to affected populations in Myanmar. Funding is decided according to need and HARP-F priorities. Currently this includes funding of national and international non-government organisation (NGO) partners in conflicted-affected areas such as Rakhine, Kachin, North Shan and the South East areas of Myanmar.
2. Enabling grants
Enabling grants, intended for national and local organisations, vary in length from six months to two years and are primarily aimed at supporting organisations to deliver humanitarian services in conflict-affected communities and those at risk of natural disaster.
3. Innovation, Knowledge and learning grants
Building on lessons learned, we have launched a Call for Concept Notes to support for investment in innovation through research, piloting, scaling-up and breaking down silos between humanitarian, development and peace funds in Myanmar.
4. Rapid response fund (RRF)
The RRF provides funding for immediate response to quick-onset emergencies, typically extreme climatic events such as floods and cyclones or displacement of communities due to spikes in conflict. Potential response partners are pre-qualified with the HARP-F to allow for rapid disbursement of funds and initiation of response activities should an emergency occur.
5. Capacity enhancement
Capacity enhancement support focuses on organisational strengthening and the provision of technical assistance to national and local organisations in response to a needs-based assessment. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to, development and implementation of protection and safeguarding policies, financial management and reporting, and monitoring, evaluation, and learning. In addition, the HARP-F will promote and conduct shared learning amongst its partners to foster the adoption of emerging best practice and facilitate long-term support networks.
The HARP-F will also undertake sector-wide research and analysis to support shared learning objectives and provide partners with better evidence to inform activities and interventions.