RRF in Sudan 2013 - 2016
The Rapid Response Fund (RRF) is a unique USAID/OFDA emergency funding mechanism, which provides grants to National and International NGOs for critical, life-saving activities in the immediate aftermath of a natural or man-made disaster. IOM established the Rapid Response Fund (RRF) in September 2013, which funds six humanitarian sectors: Non-Food Items; Humanitarian Coordination and Information Management; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH); Health; Protection; Shelter and Settlement. The geographical areas of coverage are Abyei, Blue Nile, Darfur, South and West Kordofan states in Sudan.
The RRF is unique in Sudan, being one of the fastest grant mechanisms to be activated. It provides a streamlined, supportive and flexible grant application and disbursement process that is accessible to National and International NGOs. It remains one of the few funding mechanisms that is accessible to National NGOs that are often excluded from other funding streams. With the recognition that rapid, emergency response does not always have to be assumed through direct implementation, IOM works with national and international implementing partners. This allows for first phase emergency, life-saving activities to commence rapidly, whilst other funding mechanisms are being planned, prepared and processed. Through these strategic, well-positioned partnerships, IOM ensures that life-saving assistance reaches the most vulnerable and often under-served populations in a timely manner.