FLASH APPEALS and CERF. CAP SECTION OCHA-GENEVA. What is a Flash Appeal?. Part of the Consolidated Appeals Process, the humanitarian sector ’ s main tool for coordination, strategic planning and programming.
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“For emergencies requiring a consolidated response, the Secretary-General should ensure that an initial Consolidated Appeal covering all concerned organisations of the system, prepared in consultation with the affected State, is issued within the shortest possible time…”
(Because all this has to happen very fast with imperfect information, flash appeals are routinely revised a few weeks after the first edition.)
Compromise between speed and precision: no one expects the early first edition to be comprehensive. You’re only expected to do the best you can with the fragmentary info available, plus good inference.
The second edition (or revision) is prepared when better info is available—usually 4-6 weeks later. It includes more early recovery.
No…In most cases, agencies negotiate their funding directly with donors. In funding terms, the appeal therefore serves as an inventory of project proposals.
ALL VERY FAST
Flash Appeal = strategic response plan which includes a set (“catalogue”) of projects and request for funds
CERF = source of funds, i.e. donor
** Project Prioritization and Selection is a field-driven process led by the RC/HC. Agencies cannotsubmit proposals directly to the ERC. **
RC/HC convenes CT meeting to discuss needs & response gaps, and to set priorities for CERF funding; RC/HC selects projects based on needs and formally submits the grant request package to the ERC
ERC approves an allocation (usually a percentage of the overall requirement for the emergency response) and requests a grant package from the RC/HC
ERC approves project proposals in grant request package, and funds are disbursed to each agency Headquarters
Less CERF allocation $33,878
Net requirements: $46,116
Project title: Refugee feeding programme
Objectives: Timely and adequate food is available for new refugee arrivals, particularly vulnerable groups.
Implementation: Wet feeding at the border towns for new arrivals
Beneficiaries – 80,000 personsExample of Flash Appeal project box
A Consolidated Appeal is, basically, a longer version of a Flash Appeal (usually 12 months), for longer-term crises, offering more analysis and detail.