07 February 2024

Sudan Primary Education Emergency Support Project (P504621)

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) (the Recipient) will implement Sudan Primary Education Emergency Project (the Project), as set out in the Grant Agreement. The International Development Association (the Association) acting as grant agent of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Education Sector Program Implementation Grant (ESPIG) has agreed to provide financing for the Project, as set out in the referred agreement.   The Recipient shall ensure that the Project is carried out in accordance with the Environmental and Social Standards (ESSs) and this Environmental and Social Commitment Plan (ESCP), in a manner acceptable to the Association. The ESCP is a part of the Grant Agreement. Unless otherwise defined in this ESCP, capitalized terms used in this ESCP have the meanings ascribed to them in the referred agreement.   Without limitation to the foregoing, this ESCP sets out material measures and actions that the Recipient shall carry out or cause to be carried out, including, as applicable, the timeframes of the actions and measures, institutional, staffing, training, monitoring and reporting arrangements, and grievance management. The ESCP also sets out the environmental and social (E&S) instruments that shall be adopted and implemented under the Project, all of which shall be subject to prior consultation and disclosure, consistent with the relevant ESSs, and in form and substance, and in a manner acceptable to the Association. Once adopted, said E&S instruments may be revised from time to time with prior written agreement by the Association.   As agreed by the Association and the Recipient, this ESCP will be revised from time to time if necessary, during Project implementation, to reflect adaptive management of Project changes and unforeseen circumstances or in response to Project performance. In such circumstances, the Recipient and the Association agree to update the ESCP to reflect these changes through an exchange of letters signed between the Association and the Country Representative of UNICEF. UNICEF shall promptly disclose the updated ESCP. 
04 June 2023

UNICEF Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report: June 2023

More than 13 million children, and over half of the population, in Sudan need urgent humanitarian assistance. These are not just numbers, they are individuals with families, dreams, and aspirations. They are the future of Sudan and deserve a chance to survive and thrive. No efforts should be spared by all actors to protect the children and their rights. The peace talks between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) began in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in early May and produced a ceasefire declaration of commitments to protecting civilians and facilitating the humanitarian response. However, two short-term ceasefire deals have been repeatedly violated, particularly in Khartoum and Darfur and intercommunal violence increased. To date (before and during the ceasefire) UNICEF Sudan delivered over 2,500 metric tonnes loaded with health, nutrition, water and sanitation, supplies to states across the country, including states with active fighting. These supplies will benefit at least 1.67 million children. Continued ceasefire and uninterrupted humanitarian access are needed to ensure delivery of lifesaving supplies and services. Reports of deaths among the children were reported in Maygoma orphanage in Khartoum. UNICEF is providing lifesaving supplies and coordinating efforts with partners to relocate them as safely as possible if and when conditions allow. UNICEF launched its revised 2023 Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) appeal on 30 May. UNICEF requires US$ 838 million ($253 million increase) to reach 11.9 million people of which 9.4 million are children affected by the crisis, while building resilience and maintaining critical services for children, women already in need before the conflict. UNICEF is facing a 95 per cent funding gap to deliver on its HAC.
22 May 2023

UNICEF Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report: May 2023

Fighting that erupted in Khartoum between the Sudanese Armed Force (SAF) and the Rapid Support Force (RSF) on 15 April 2023 has significantly worsened the humanitarian crisis in Sudan, with a serious impact on civilians. Intercommunal violence and tension were reported across Darfur states. On 11 May, new fighting along tribal lines erupted in Geneina, West Darfur, with unconfirmed reports of people being killed and injured, including children. With the central warehouse under threat, UNICEF successfully dispatched two rounds of trucks from Khartoum to Madani. In total, 17 x 50-MT trucks loaded with US$3 million in UNICEF health, WASH and education supplies are being delivered to displaced population in Madani and dispatched to facilities and partners in other states. UNICEF also successfully delivered life-saving health, nutrition and WASH supplies worth US$155,000 to implementing partners for hospitals, health facilities and the Maygoma orphanage in Khartoum. The revised Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) 2023 for Sudan was published on 18 May. It is estimated that the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance has increased by 57 per cent from 15.8 million to 24.7 million. The humanitarian community requests US$2.56 billion to continue the emergency response. UNICEF Sudan Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) 2023 is only 12 per cent funded currently leaving a funding gap of over US$500 million. UNICEF urgently requires US$60 million to immediately restock (this week and deliver lifesaving supplies over the coming weeks) and is revising the HAC in line with the HRP and the current conflict.
28 April 2023

UNICEF Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report: Number 1

The perilous security situation across the country makes it very difficult to collect and verify information, but while fighting continues, children will continue to pay the price. At least 9 children have reportedly been killed in the fighting, and more than 50 children have reportedly been injured as hostilities continue in Khartoum, the Darfurs and North Kordofan. UNICEF calls on all parties to refrain from attacking civilian infrastructure on which children depend - such as water and sanitation systems, health facilities and schools. Out of 34 hospitals in the city, 16 have become non-functional while others have compromised functionality. The fighting has disrupted critical, life-saving care for an estimated 50,000 severely acutely malnourished children. These vulnerable children need ongoing, round-the-clock care, which is being put at risk by the escalating violence. Safe access to, and provision of food, water, hygiene, and other essential supplies is constrained across most of Sudan with the situation worsening day by day. In some areas the price of basic commodities such as bottled water, food staples, fuel for cooking and for cars has risen by 40 - 60 percent, sometimes more. The fighting has compromised the central cold chain in Sudan, including millions of lifesaving vaccines and vital medication, including insulin doses for children. Electricity supporting the central cold chain remains unstable with only 2 days worth of fuel remaining for the back-up generator. On 27 April, the EPI office in South Darfur was attacked; cold chain equipment, vehicles, records and assets have been either looted or destroyed. It is estimated half of the vaccines have been lost. All schools and educational institutions in Sudan are closed, severely impacting the well-being of children. International aid agency staff have largely been evacuated from Khartoum and Darfur; national staff are being relocated away from hotspots. Critical UN staff remain in Port Sudan where a hub has been established to lead humanitarian operations in the country