This operation has been modified as per budget revision 2 (see below)
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) presents one of the most complex humanitarian crises in the world. Since 2009, some 2.71 million people have been displaced. Humanitarian needs remain high, with the southern and eastern provinces being the worst affected by continuing instability and violence. The December 2012 IPC2 analysis revealed that 6.4 million people are in acute and livelihood food security crisis and need humanitarian assistance, up from 5.4 million in June 2012. Despite countrywide movements of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) returning to their areas of origin in 2014, significant conflict-related displacements are still occurring in North and South Kivu (in eastern DRC), Katanga (in southern DRC), and in the north-eastern Province Orientale. The UN mission MONUSCO and the Congolese army (FARDC) continue attempts to demobilize and disarm armed groups in the eastern part of Province Orientale and North Kivu. DRC was classified as an L2 emergency by WFP in December 2013.
With the deterioration of the political, social and security situation in the country over the past two decades, the Government has been unable to maintain or rebuild the national road network, while the feeder road network has fallen into a state of serious disrepair. The extremely poor condition of road, bridge, and airstrip infrastructure is identified by the humanitarian community as one of the main obstacles to the effective delivery of relief items to vulnerable populations in remote areas.
DRC is a high-risk country for Ebola. The country experienced an outbreak in August 2014, localized in the Equateur province, resulting in the quarantine by the Government of some 30,000 to 40,000 people, from September to November 2014. The Government declared the outbreak officially over on 15 November 2014.
WFP is the lead agency of the Logistics Cluster operating in DRC and is responsible for identifying and addressing logistics bottlenecks while providing coordination of the overall humanitarian logistics response in eastern and southern DRC, including for any emergencies that may occur throughout the country.
Special Operation 200747 succeeds SO 200456 (July 2012 – November 2014) in providing logistical support and information management to the humanitarian community through the Logistics Cluster.
This BR 2 seeks to DRC SO 200747 is a no cost extension in time for three months, from 1 April 2017 until 30 June 2017. This budget revision will enable WFP to maintain ongoing logistics cluster activities such as logistics coordination and information management.