The first six months following the publication of the 2012 Consolidated Appeal for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) were characterized by continued deadlock in direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). The prolonged absence of a credible political horizon and the severe financial pressures on the Palestinian Authority (PA), compounded by the continuous fragmentation of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), are increasingly compromising the viability and achievements of the state-building efforts.
At mid-year, the overall requirements remain essentially unchanged, although some existing projects were either removed or requirements revised downwards, and some new projects have been introduced to provide for increased needs resulting from the rising number of demolitions in the West Bank. As of the end of June, the oPt Consolidated Appeal (CAP) 2012 is 63% funded, which is significantly higher in percentage terms than at the same time in 2011. However, much of the funding to date has been received late; consequently some cluster/sector targets have not been reached since many projects could not be carried out as planned. A number of programmes have had to be suspended or scaled back, reducing the number of targeted beneficiaries and the amount of assistance distributed. The majority of the funding received to date has benefited the larger UN agencies and international NGOs, while only a fraction of the $5.4 million requested by local NGOs participating in the 2012 CAP has been received.1 However, it is important to note that local NGOs are benefiting through partnerships with UN agencies and INGOs, which account for almost half of the funding received to date.
A key challenge for the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) in the coming year will be translating inter-cluster coordination priorities into actual project implementation on the ground. The intercluster coordination forum has made significant efforts to re-focus cluster projects to better address needs and achieve a more holistic approach to humanitarian aid in the oPt. The two-year overarching humanitarian strategy (2012-2013) supports this endeavour and increases the effectiveness and accountability of the strategic planning process. Consolidated efforts are underway to bolster the monitoring frameworks, baseline data and harmonization of needs assessments that accompany the strategy. All dollar signs in this document denote United States dollars. Funding for this appeal should be reported to the Financial Tracking Service (FTS, firstname.lastname@example.org), which will display its requirements and funding on the current appeals page.
1All dollar signs in this document denote United States dollars. Funding for this appeal should be reported to the Financial Tracking Service (FTS, email@example.com), which will display its requirements and funding on the current appeals page