National Funding Prioritisation

What's the challenge?

International donors are increasingly allocating aid funds via consortiums of large NGOS.  These can then work together to quickly and efficiently allocate money to the areas most at need.  In Somalia, one of the largest of these consortiums is BRCiS.

Funding allocation happens across several meetings, which must prioritise how large sums of money are spent, based on the current situation and the needs of different communities.  Not every NGO will work in every area, so one aspect of the meetings is to explore the different needs assessments for different places.

What's the current situation?

Emergency funds are typically allocated in meetings with both the technical staff, plus in meetings with the country directors of the different NGOs.

Climate events are obviously a large part of the allocation in Somalia – the money is often partly split by how badly the rains have performed, alongside other factors such as access or conflict.

There are experts in the room at these meetings with an in depth knowledge of Somalia's climate.  Plus the NGOs can access analyses such as the IPC maps.  But the process is currently subjective, relying on each party bringing their own assessment of the climate situation to the table from a variety of different sources, both from their ground based staff and from different climate data portals.

What does Concern need?

Concern Worldwide would like to figure out how to make the climate side of this process more objective and systematic.  For example to have a system, whereby Concern (and others) can get a general idea of rainfall characteristics over a given period of interest within the scope of the existing meetings.  

It would also be useful to be able to link this analysis with things like the FewsNet IPC maps, to be able to forecast and triangulate them.