New UN Fund For Famine In Nigeria Reaches $24m

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MAIDUGURI, (Sundiata Post) –  The new United Nations fund set up this year to tackle the looming famine in Nigeria and a deepening humanita‭ria‬n crisis has reached US$‭24‬ million.
The Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF) ‭–‬ that is projected to receive $80 million by year-end and is one of 18 country-based pooled funds ‭–‬ allows donors to pool their contributions for a stronger and timelier response to the needs of those most affected by the ongoing crisis, including millions who face a high risk of food insecurity and disease outbreaks.
This year, the UN and partners are aiming to reach 6.9 million people with life-saving aid in the north-
east ‭ of‬ ‭ ‬Nigeria ‭ ‬in ‭ ‬the ‭ ‬states ‭ ‬of Borno, ‭ ‬Adamawa ‭ ‬and Yobe, ‭ ‬which ‭ ‬are ‭ ‬those most ‭ ‬affected ‭ ‬by ‭ ‬the humanitarian ‭ ‬emergency ‭ ‬triggered ‭ ‬by ‭ ‬the ‭ ‬violence ‭ ‬that ‭ ‬has ‭ ‬affected ‭ ‬the ‭ ‬region ‭ ‬in ‭ ‬recent ‭ ‬years. ‭ ‬
The appeal for 2017, detailed in the ‭ ‬Humanitarian Response Plan, is for $1.05 billion, making it ‭ ‬the fourth largest single-country appeal globally.
“We need to do more, we need to do it quicker and we can always do better,” said‭ Mr. Peter Lundberg, ‬the Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) a.i. ‭ ‬in Nigeri‭a. “Funding for ‬the Nigeria appeal this year is pivotal, and I am delighted that donors are fulfilling commitments to the new fund, which will help us respond quicker to new priorities. But we need to step up our collective response ‭–‬ the $1 billion appeal ‭is still only 20 per cent funded and millions need help in what is Africa’s ‬
worst humanitarian crisis.‭”‬
The NHF was launched during the Oslo Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region in February.
Managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on behalf of the HC, it plays a vital role in ensuring an effective, coordinated, prioritized and principled humanitarian
response in Nigeria. The NHF provides funding to international and national NGOs, UN agencies, funds and programmes, and Red Cross/Red Crescent organisations, with a focus on the front-line responders.
To date the NHF has received $24 million in contributions and pledges, thanks to the generous support of Sweden, Germany, Norway, Belgium, the Republic of Korea, Luxembourg, the Arab Gulf Program for Development, Malta and Sri Lanka.

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