25 Jan 2016

Cordaid - Brief Note about the North Iraq Joint Humanitarian Response

Brief description of consortium structure and DRA

The current humanitarian crisis in Iraq is affecting the lives of more than 8M people. People affected are Iraqi IDPs, host communities and Syrian refugees who have moved to or live in the geographical areas in which the Dutch NGOs are active with humanitarian programmes.

In January 2015, an alliance of Dutch NGOs existing of 13 INGOs started a North Iraq Joint Humanitarian Response (NIJR) funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and is part of the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA), to address the urgent and rapidly increasing humanitarian needs of the people in North Iraq. The proposed joint appeal was to cover basic life-saving support over a period of 12 months and had targeted the most vulnerable people with essential, life-saving support in line with the 2015 IHRP.

Dutch NGOs Joint Response for North Iraq

Dutch NGOs have been present in-country since the end of 2014 or prior to the current crisis and have been implementing humanitarian aid programmes in North Iraq in response to the current crisis. The North-Iraq Joint Response (NIJR) is a Joint Humanitarian programme of €8 million funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The NIJR is part of the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA), an alliance of 12 Dutch humanitarian NGOs. The DRA responds to acute and chronic humanitarian crises with Joint Responses (JRs), and is funded by the Dutch Relief Fund of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of the Netherlands. The NIJR was one of the first JRs, starting at the same time as the JR for South-Sudan and JR for Ebola.

The NIJR is comprised of 12 Dutch NGOs: CARE, Cordaid, Dorcas, ICCO Cooperation, Oxfam Novib, Stichting Vluchteling, Tear, Terre des Hommes, Save the Children, War Child, World Vision and ZOA. Cordaid is the Lead organization of the NIJR.

Overall Objectives NIJR

The NIJR has two Strategic Objectives (SO1 and SO2):
•    Strategic Objective 1 is related to the effective and efficient implementation of the actual humanitarian response activities by the individual partner organizations.
•    Strategic Objective 2 is geared towards the realization of added value through the collaboration between the NIJR members and other stakeholders.

The partners proposed to continue their programmes through a NIJR 2 since the humanitarian needs are increasing as the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate. The proposed assistance to IDPs, Syrian refugees and host communities will save lives and reduce the vulnerability of the targeted people. This in turn will also contribute to reducing tension amongst refugees/IDPs and host communities, due to a conflict sensitive approach. Both will have a positive effect on the possibilities to link relief with rehabilitation and development oriented programmes when local context allows.  

Therefore, the NIJR 2 which is an extension of the NIJR 1, is now composed of 12 Dutch humanitarian organizations aim to address the needs of Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Syrian refugees. There are currently more than 3.1 million IDPs and 250.000 Syrian refugees in Iraq, of which approximately half of them are displaced in the North of Iraq.

The NIJR2 started on start on October 1, 2015 and will end on September 30, 2016. The current partners involved in the NIJR2 are: CARE, Cordaid, Dorcas, ICCO Cooperation, Oxfam Novib, Stichting Vluchteling, Tear, Terre des Hommes, Save the Children, War Child, World Vision and ZOA.

All participating organizations have presence in North Iraq responding to the immediate needs of the people affected by the armed conflict. Most of the participating organizations also have a long track record in addressing both existing development needs as well as responding to increased humanitarian needs as a result of the ongoing violence and unfolding humanitarian crisis. The Joint Response thus provides much needed funds to harness existing development programmes and address additional humanitarian needs. All individual projects fall within the priorities set in the Strategic Response Plans 2014/15  and cover interventions in 5 main sectors: Food Security, Health, Protection, Shelter/NFIs and WASH.

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