The Humanitarian Assistance and Resilience Programme Facility (HARP-F) is an innovative instrument funding humanitarian assistance in Myanmar, specifically designed to strengthen the role of national civil society in rapid onset and protracted crises. Through our partners, we have been working to address acute humanitarian needs, build resilience and reduce the vulnerability of populations affected by successive crises and natural disasters in Myanmar and on the border with Thailand since 2017.
Our network of partners is fundamental to our approach. We have channelled over £73 million of UK humanitarian funding to local, national and international partners to provide assistance to the most vulnerable populations, primarily internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees. We have granted another, 4.3 million for COVID-19 prevention and control.
We aim to strengthen the role of national and local partners in humanitarian response in Myanmar, through our grant programme and our extensive capacity enhancement training programme. This strong reliance on local partners, as well as context-specific, adaptive programming, is what enabled HARP-F to quickly mount a COVID-19 response in 2020 in Myanmar, and to continue to operate and meet the humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable populations following the February 2021 coup.
We have established a network of 54 local, national and international partners – two-thirds of which are local organisations – in Rakhine, Kachin, Northern Shan and the Southeast border with Thailand.
The Humanitarian Assistance and Resilience Programme Facility (HARP-F) is a UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) initiative launched in 2016. HARP-F is the grants funding mechanism and the largest component of the Humanitarian and Resilience Programme. It is managed by Crown Agents.