At the beginning of 2013, humanitarian partners in Sudan planned their response based on an estimated 4.3 million people in urgent need of assistance. But by the end of the year, that number had grown to 6.1 million. More people were internally displaced by armed conflict, and flooding and food insecurity affected hundreds of thousands more.
Despite these challenges, funding for humanitarian action in Sudan has been low. For example, the 2013 Consolidated Appeal for Sudan has only received 53 per cent of required funding.
In January 2014, CERF allocated US$20 million from its Underfunded Emergencies window to help humanitarian partners sustain aid operations in Sudan. The country was the largest recipient of CERF funding in 2013, with $47.4 million. More than $17 million of that amount was allocated through CERF’s underfunded window.