A number of international stakeholders, i.e. the European Commission, the USA, the UNHCR and the OSCE have been providing strong support to Partner Countries in setting up the RHP from the outset of the initiative. By playing a key role in the governance and coordination structure, they contribute to close Donor oversight and strong operational coordination.
The European Commission is the main Donor to the RHP Fund. During the Donors' Conference held in Sarajevo in April 2012, the European Commission pledged EUR 230 million out of a total of EUR 261 million. Most of these funds are expected to be disbursed as investment subsidies for the Country Housing Projects. However, the contribution from the European Commission will also be used to fund, inter alia, the technical assistance, including support to Partner Country implementing structures, provided to the Partner Countries throughout the duration of the RHP as well as part of CEB’s RHP management cost. The USA is also an important Donor to the RHP Fund, having pledged EUR 8 million during the Donors Conference. The European Commission and the USA are not only important Donors, they also closely monitor the progress of the RHP, in particular within the framework of the Technical Committee.
UNHCR and OSCE have been tasked with helping to identify eligible beneficiaries, monitoring their selection and ensuring that they receive adequate protection. As such, those institutions will play a crucial role in ensuring that the RHP effectively provides sustainable housing solutions to those refugees and displaced persons most in need. Finally, the European Commission, the UNHCR and the OSCE also facilitate operational coordination between all stakeholders by participating in the Regional Coordination Forum.
The CEB’s role within the framework of the RHP is threefold:
To carry out the above-mentioned functions, CEB assembled a dedicated RHP team consisting of eight staff, which became fully operational in November 2012. This team comprises the following functions: