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Assistance To Refugees From Myanmar

Countries: Bangladesh | Operations ID: 200673 | Operations type: Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO)

This operation has been modified as per budget revision 3 (see below)

Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) 200673 will assist Rohingya refugees living in Kutupalong and Nayapara camps in Cox’s Bazar district, Bangladesh. The majority of the refugees came to Bangladesh during 1991/92 following a wave of sectarian violence in Myanmar. The refugees are dependent on humanitarian assistance for their survival due to official restrictions relating to their movement outside the camps and involvement in income-generating activities.

Under this new phase of the PRRO, WFP will continue to safeguard the food security and appropriate nutrition of refugees in Kutupalong and Nayapara camps, pending the renewal of policy dialogue on the Rohingya situation following the publication of the forthcoming national strategy. To achieve this, WFP will provide food assistance to registered refugee households in Kutupalong and Nayapara through an innovative and cost-effective electronic voucher system, which will ensure food consumption while improving dietary diversity. Alongside this, WFP will maintain an established nutrition safety net for treating and preventing acute undernutrition among pregnant women and young children. In addition, WFP will provide school feeding in preschools/ primary schools, which will encourage school enrolment, attendance and completion, while also reducing short-term hunger and addressing micronutrient deficiencies in children.

The design of the PRRO is anchored in the findings and recommendations of a number of studies carried out in Kutupalong and Nayapara camps, including the 2012 WFP/UNHCR joint impact evaluation1 and joint assessment mission (JAM). It has also been informed by an in-depth, gender-sensitive consultation process involving refugees and the full spectrum of stakeholders that are operating inside the refugee camps. WFP is providing food assistance to the registered refugees in Kutupalong and Nayapara camps at the invitation of the Government of Bangladesh. The PRRO has been discussed with the Government and is endorsed.

PRRO 200673 supports the United Nations Development Assistance Framework and is aligned to the WFP Strategic Plan (2014-2017), to which it contributes to Strategic
Objectives 1 and 4. It also supports the achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 1, 2, 4 and 5.

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The activities of this PRRO will be continued as part of the Country Strategic Plan which  will start on 1st March 2017. This BR 3 is therefore required to extend the PRRO for the period January-February 2017, in order to continue assistance to the refugees from Myanmar until the CSP starts in March.