Kenya: Crisis Briefing: Humanitarian funding analysis: Kenya food insecurity, 6 September 2016

1. Key points

  • According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have committed/contributed US$88.7 million of humanitarian assistance to Kenya since the start of 2016.

  • The United States (US) is currently the largest donor to Kenya in 2016, contributing 28% of total funding (US$24.7m). Together the US and the next largest donors – the EU institutions (primarily through the Department of Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection: ECHO) (US$21.4m) and Germany (US$11.3m) – account for 65% of all funding so far in 2016.

  • The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated US$5 million to emergencies (refugee response and a measles outbreak) in Kenya so far in 2016.

  • There is currently no specific UN-coordinated appeal for Kenya, although Kenya is included within the South Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP). Kenya has received US$13.4 million through the South Sudan RRP so far this year.

2. Recent humanitarian funding to Kenya

Donors have reported commitments/contributions totalling US$88.7 million of humanitarian assistance to Kenya so far in 2016.

The US is currently the largest donor, having committed US$24.7 million, accounting for 28% of total reported funding. The next largest donor is the EU institutions (primarily through ECHO), reporting US$21.4 million (24%), followed by Germany (US$11.3m). Funding from these three donors combined represents 65% of total reported funding so far in 2016.

3. Pooled funding as part of the response

Central Emergency Response Fund

So far in 2016, the UN’s CERF has allocated US$5.0 million to eight projects in Kenya, making it the 17th largest recipient of funding. Six of these allocations were from the Underfunded Emergencies window to address the needs of South Sudanese refugees. The other two were from the Rapid Response window in reaction to a recent measles outbreak. Over a third (35%) of CERF allocations have been allocated to health-related activities, 30% to food, 28% to multi-sector projects and 7% to nutrition/health focused projects.

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