Swedish Mission Council Humanitarian frame 2017-2019 - Swedish Mission Council

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The proposed programme by the Swedish Mission Council (SMC) is humanitarian and aims at meeting the humanitarian needs of affected populations in the short- and medium-term by providing emergency humanitarian support such as clean water and sanitation. In this appraisal, Sida makes the assessment that the proposed programme is relevant in relation to the Strategy for Sweden´s Humanitarian Assistance provided through Sida 2017 - 2020, and that a three-year agreement on strategic partnership should be entered into between Sida and SMC for the period 1 April 2017 - 31 March 2020. In its proposal for 2017, SMC has applied for a total amount of 46,5 million SEK which includes 1) work in six countries (35,5 million SEK); 2) interventions through the Rapid Response Mechanism (10 million SEK); and 3) capacity development support (1 million SEK). During 2017 SMC proposes to work with four member organizations which are ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency), IAS (International Aid Services), CCS (Christian Council of Sweden) and PMU (Pingsmissionens utvecklingssamarbete). SMC, founded in 1912, is an ecumenical membership-based organization with 35 member organizations who are active in 46 countries. The organization is engaged in both development work and humanitarian assistance and became a framework organization for Sida/CIVSAM already in 1980, while the strategic partnership with Sida in terms of humanitarian assistance was initiated as late as 2014. The 35 members are Swedish churches and Christian organizations with long histories of international work - the role of SMC is generally to support, facilitate and coordinate these partner organizations and their local partners´ work.

Expected results

The overall objective of the Swedish Mission Council (SMC)’s humanitarian programme 2017-2019 is to "save lives, alleviate suffering and uphold dignity for women, men, girls and boys who are suffering from armed conflict, natural disasters and the effects of climate change, and reinforce the capacity of local civil society to act as first responders and also work for a resilient society". Under this programme, SMC channels Sida-funding to pre-approved member organizations whose operations contribute to the objectives. SMC also directly implements activities aimed at strengthening and supporting the member organizations in the development of their roles and capacities as providers of humanitarian assistance.


The expected results of the SMC humanitarian programme are of two types: 1) Results that are changes in the humanitarian situation of people in need, product of the humanitarian assistance provided by SMC’s member organizations and/or their local partner organizations in the field, and 2) Results that are changes in the capacity of SMC’s member organizations and their local partners to contribute to change for people in need, product of SMC’s own work to ensure quality and to strengthen and support its member organizations. In the view of Sida, the two types of results are interdependent and must always be understood and assessed together. While the programme - as well as Sida’s potential support for it - covers the three-year period from 2017 to 2019, projects are normally approved and implemented on an annual basis or shorter. This summary thus only covers results achieved through activities under the SMC humanitarian programme between 1st of April 2017 and 31st of March 2018. During this period, SMC and its partners have supported some 370 000 people in need with mainly Food Security and Livelihoods, Nutrition and WASH assistance, in 11 humanitarian crises around the world, including some very challenging contexts with severe access restrictions and security concerns. For instance, emergency food assistance was delivered to more than 60 000 people in hard-to-reach areas of Yemen, and access to safe water have been provided for almost 55 000 people in Sudan and South Sudan. Also, 400 vulnerable households in the severely drought-affected Sanaag region of Somalia where reached with food, WASH and NFI assistance, thereby contributing to avert famine, and more than 8 000 people in Diffa, Niger, improved their access to water, hygiene and sanitation. SMC and partners also responded to crises with a sudden onset, providing emergency relief and supporting early recovery efforts with multipurpose cash-assistance, emergency food packages and WASH-related services to over 56 000 people affected by floods in India and Bangladesh. Two multi-year interventions were initiated in 2017. Sida’s general rationale for multi-year humanitarian funding is to strengthen the humanitarian response in protracted crises and support resilience building as a strategy for phase-out of humanitarian assistance and “bridging” the gap to support from long-term development funding. Since the two interventions under SMC’s programme were approved and initiated before the current framework for multi-year funding they don’t adhere strictly to neither of these criteria. None the less, they do put the emphasis on addressing key factors that enable sustainable solutions to basic needs, as in the WASH intervention by IAS in Sudan, and respond with longer-term strategies to protracted situations of violence and abuse, as in the accompaniment programme SEAPPI by the Swedish Council of Churches in Israel and Palestine. SMC member organizations have responded to both natural and man-made crises in collaboration with local partner organizations, as their natural way of working but also as a conscious strategy for strengthening local capacities to respond to humanitarian situations. The positive results achieved in the responses give an indication that the strategy works, and that local churches and organizations have the capacity to deliver humanitarian assistance. However, they do not necessarily testify to the sustainability of this capacity or the preparedness of the local organizations to respond to future crises. SMC reports the establishment of fund to support smaller organizations in performing adequate needs assessments and a pilot project to support and share learning regarding cooperation with local partners, who may have weaker internal systems for managing humanitarian projects and funding, as examples of initiatives to strengthen the abilities of local organizations to act as first responders in humanitarian situations. Over the last years, SMC has made stea



Granting agency
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Implementing organisation
Donor country-based NGO
Aid type
C01 - Project-type interventions




Emergency response
Materiel relief assistance and services


Activity length
2017 – 2021

Financial information

Paid per year (net value)
2017 USD 812 198
2018 USD 947 733
Total paid amount (net value)
USD 1 759 931
Total committed amount


DisbursementThe amount placed at the disposal of a recipient country or agency.
Type Description Receiver Org Transaction ID Date Value
Commitment---2017-03-01USD 1 783 337
USD 812 198
USD 947 733

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Focus areas (policy markers)

Marker Principal objective Significant objective Not targeted
Gender Equality
Aid to Environment
Participatory Development/Good Governance
Trade Development
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Mitigation
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Adaptation
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention to Combat Desertification
Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH)


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