Rohingya crisis: UN should ensure transparency, localization in Rohingya response

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Dhaka, September 24: Coxsbazar CSO and NGO Forum (CCNF),  a network of 50 local and national CSO NGO who are working in Rohingya response, on Monday expressed their support to UN effort to raise fund for Rohingya.A fund rising conference will be held today in the UN in New York, but CCNF simultaneously demanded to ensure transparency and localization of the response.

According to a statement, there were demand for $ 920 million in 2019 Joint Response Plan (JRP), but only 38 % of the required level have received so far in the last around 9 month.

However, the UN agencies trying again to the raise remaining fund through the today’s conference and Bangladesh government has supported the initiative.

There was long outstanding demand of localization and transparency of aid since the Rohingya influx started during August 2017, localization was also the commitment from UN agencies even in 2018 and 2019 JRPs. But there were little of implementation in this regard, the statement claimed.

The localization of humanitarian aid is the commitment of UN agencies and most of the INGOs (International NGOs) as they have singed the Grand Bargain commitment during May 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey.

There was a field mission from Global Localization Team in Bangladesh in September 2018 comprise IFRC, donor agencies who have recommended ten recommendations in this regard.

There are approximately 60 to 70 % of the humanitarian aid is being channeled through the UN agencies.

A total of $ 1.32 billion aid have so far been raised, where estimated about $ 6214 per Rohingya family. In the year 2017 it was per month per family $ 498, during 2018 it was per family $ 257 and now in up to now in this 2019 it is $ 204, the statement read.

CCNF worried that the financing to the Rohingya response might falling to the government of Bangladesh which is disproportionate and unfortunate. CCNF was demanding (i) handing over of field operation to local CSO NGOs, while role of UN and INGOs should be limited in monitoring and technical assistance, (ii) participation of local CSO NGOs and Local government in Inter Sectoral Coordination Group (ISCG) who are basically managing the Rohingya response which is leaded by basically UN agencies and few INGOs. And (iii) full transparency of aid along with categorization of management cost, and direct input cost to the refugee communities.