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UN allocates $158m for under-funded humanitarian crises


By Julius N. Uma

August 10, 2012 (JUBA) The United Nations humanitarian chief on Thursday announced an allocation of US$55m from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), to strengthen humanitarian operations in eight countries with neglected humanitarian emergencies.

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Valerie Amos, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator speaks in Jonglei State. 8 February 2012 (ST/Julius Uma)

The countries earmarked to benefit from the allocation include, Sudan, Afghanistan, Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Madagascar and Sri Lanka.

In January this year, 13 countries reportedly received nearly $104m from the CERF, hence the $55m allocation will bring to more than $158m, the total amount provided for underfunded emergencies this year.

“These CERF grants provide critical funding. The money will save lives by helping aid agencies reach people in desperate need. I hope this funding will also serve to draw attention to their situation, as millions more people are still in need,” Valerie Amos, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator, said in a statement.

However, while $14m will be reportedly be allocated to Sudan to address food, health, water needs and provide assistance to the displaced people and host communities, particularly in Darfur, at least $12 million will go to the aid community in DRC to cater for increasing nutrition and health needs.

On the other hand, agencies in Afghanistan will be allocated $10m to be spent on the most vulnerable, whereas humanitarian organizations in Ethiopia will get another $10m to address the worsening food crisis and provide assistance to refugees.

Since 2006, nearly a third of the $2.6bn allocated to CERF has reportedly been allocated to neglected crises in more than 40 countries.

Funded by voluntary contributions from member states, non-governmental organizations, regional governments, the private sector and individual donors, CERF in 2011, reportedly allocated about $427m to 11 UN agencies and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Most of these funds, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), were used to address climate-related emergencies, drought and food insecurity problems.


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  • 11 August 2012 07:15, by Madina Tonj

    Very interesting that, the International community knowing the roots caused of all these problems in Sudan and they don’t want to get written off Omar al Bashir. Yes, these Sudanese refugees need help but not only food but to take the guy that is killing people.
    Here is my question, do you think, the International community don’t know whose Omar al Bashir; the roots caused of all these problems?

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    • 11 August 2012 07:33, by michael coma

      Madina,Bashir name has been used by white people as their song and they are not really interested to remove him from the office because of his crimes charges and they are still helping him.Can you imagine,when America government announced that it will encourage donars to fund Sudan so that it will seal the gap of her economy.

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  • 11 August 2012 11:37, by solider

    everybody in sudan is surprised of this 180 degree change in amarican policy toward al bashir. mayby allah forgave him in this holy month of ramadan.anyway we moslems are used to meracls from time to time.trust me islam is the truth.

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  • 11 August 2012 12:06, by Observer

    Can you read? Where did you get America from in this story??
    It says the UN not US.
    So everyone in Sudan is not suprised about a US turnaround because we can read and understand this story.. and it is nothing to do with what you wrote

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  • 11 August 2012 13:26, by solider

    I am talking to michal coma .try not to judge people so fast.

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  • 12 August 2012 00:29, by Observer

    Yes you but you don’t refer to his comment.
    And both he and you are making comments on something that is not relevant to this story- which happens all the time.
    A pity that Sudan Tribune does not follow the rules that it sets- by allowing comments that are not related to the article to be published

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