2 August 2012, New York: International star Beyoncé, the United Nations and humanitarian aid organizations are launching a global campaign today to shine a spotlight on humanitarian work and encourage people around the world to get involved by doing something good for others. World Humanitarian Day is a global day to celebrate humanity and the spirit of people helping people. The World Humanitarian Day music video for Beyoncé’s song “I Was Here” will be filmed in the UN General Assembly Hall in New York in front of a live audience. It will be released globally on 19 August. Beyoncé and songwriter Diane Warren are donating the video to the campaign. “World Humanitarian Day celebrates humanitarian work,” said Valerie...
CERF allocates more than US$600,000 to help internally displaced people in Togo
11 December 2012: In early June 2012, a land dispute between the Konkomba and Moba communities in Namkpandouri, Togo, turned violent and claimed the lives of three people. The dispute also caused severe material damage and loss of livestock.
As a consequence, an estimated 2,092 people (80 per cent of whom are women and children) from the Moba community have fled to villages in central and northern Togo. These areas have some of the highest food insecurity and malnutrition rates in the country.
In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided a rapid response grant of $686,120 to four UN agencies.
With an allocation of $376,516, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will ensure general assistance and protection. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has received $108,766 to ensure access to drinking water and to improve hygiene and sanitation. UNICEF will also establish education centres for the displaced people and host populations. Through an allocation of $89,562, the World Health Organization (WHO) will supplement the existing health structures by assigning qualified personnel and providing relevant equipment. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has received $111,276 to strengthen the livelihoods of displaced people and host populations.
The allocations are expected to benefit 4,492 people.
CERF in Action - Rapid Response