Since August 2017, under the leadership of the Government of Bangladesh, rapid and effective humanitarian action has saved many lives, met critical needs and protected nearly one million Rohingya refugees while also responding to impacts on affected host communities. While much has been achieved, the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh has not fully stabilized. The Government and people of Bangladesh continue to demonstrate historic generosity in welcoming the Rohingya from Myanmar. The international community has also responded with extraordinary solidarity. This must continue. The 2019 Joint Response
Plan will be the vehicle for mobilizing critically needed support for the humanitarian response for the Rohingya refugees. The Joint Response Plan sets out a comprehensive programme shaped around three strategic objectives – deliver protection, provide life-saving assistance and foster social cohesion. The
Plan covers all humanitarian sectors and addresses key cross-cutting issues, including protection and gender mainstreaming. The Plan will also strengthen emergency preparedness and response for weather-related risks and natural disasters, with a focus on community engagement. Priorities for the coming year include supporting strengthened government leadership and accountability, including in the camps, and the efective participation of the refugee community in decisions afecting their lives. This calls for empowering women in leadership roles and an inclusive approach, bearing in mind the community includes many people with disabilities, mental health issues and other speciic needs. Delivering on commitments to localization of the response through the strategic transfer of skills, capacities and resources in addition to relying on local capacities where they exist is also a priority.
Read the entire Joint Response Plan.