The UN Central Emergency Response Fund will allocate record high USD 150 million this year to support humanitarian operations in 13 countries in different regions of the world, UN Humanitarian Office Spokesman Jens Laerke said on Friday during a briefing.
"The Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths has made largest ever allocation of $150 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund to boost underfunded humanitarian operations in 13 countries in Africa, Americas, Asia and Middle East. These allocations happen twice a year to countries selected because of their low-level of funding, severity of humanitarian needs and vulnerability," Laerke said.
Laerke added that this is the largest allocation of funds for humanitarian operations as it exceeds the last year's record by $15 million.
He highlighted that Syria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sudan are among top recipients, which will receive from $20-25 million for humanitarian operations, as these countries were heavily underfunded and are just entering the implementation phase of the new funding program. Myanmar, Burkina Faso, Chad, Niger, Haiti, Lebanon, Madagascar, Kenya, Angola and Honduras will receive between $5 million and $12 million.
The funds will help countries to ensure food security, health-care and protection of nationals, migrants and refugees, Laerke said. The details on funding programs will be published later this month.
Source: ANI / Sputnik