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CERF allocates US$50 million to six underfunded and neglected aid operations

16 Aug 2016
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The funds will provide life-saving assistance for two million people in dire humanitarian need, including 200,000 refugees, 665,000 IDPs, 170,000 returnees and 530,000 people in host communities.

Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien today released US$50 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for six severely underfunded and neglected aid operations. The funds will provide life-saving assistance for two million people in dire humanitarian need, including 200,000 refugees, 665,000 internally displaced persons, 170,000 returnees and 530,000 people in host communities.

Bambari, Central African Republic. Credit: OCHA/Gemma Cortes.

Some $35 million will allow humanitarian partners to respond to protracted humanitarian emergencies in central Africa, caused by armed conflict, political instability, and human rights violations, and compounded by food insecurity and disease outbreaks. The funds will support the delivery of critical health services, access to food, emergency shelter, protection of women and girls, water and sanitation, and essential logistic support. These funds will benefit aid operations and in the Central African Republic ($9 million), Chad ($10 million), and the Democratic Republic of the Congo ($11 million), as well as Rwanda ($5 million), which is hosting refugees from Burundi and DR Congo.

Sana’a, Yemen: Young boy and his little brother displaced from their home in Saada, Yemen. Credit: OCHA/Charlotte Cans.

A further $13 million will boost relief operations in Yemen, where an estimated 21.2 million people (82 per cent of the population) require humanitarian assistance. An allocation of $2 million will support humanitarian partners in Eritrea in responding to current needs due to arid conditions and poor rains.

This second round brings the total allocation from the CERF’s underfunded emergencies window in 2016 to $150 million. CERF has so far received $311 million in contributions for 2016 and disbursed nearly as much to 35 countries for life-saving activities around the world. As the UN and humanitarian partners work tirelessly to assist the most vulnerable, and with the humanitarian funding gap growing year after year, it is vital that resources are available for future life-saving response.