Canada pledges $114M for Africa

By Jenny Lei Ravelo 14 May 2012

A young girl drinks from a tap at a refugee camp in Kenya for people affected by the drought. The Canadian International Development Agency will provide $114.2 million Canadia dollars in humanitarian aid to Africa. Photo by: Diane Brian / © ACDI-CIDA

Canada has announced new money to meet humanitarian needs in Africa.

The country, through the Canadian International Development Agency, will provide $114.2 million Canadian dollars ($114 million) in humanitarian aid to the region, according to a press release. It will be used to address food insecurity and malnutrition, and improve people’s livelihood and access to safe drinking water. It will also be used to meet the needs of refugees in the region.

The decision follows Minister for International Cooperation Beverly Oda’s visit to the region May 7-10. Oda attended several forums and met with African officials, humanitarian organizations and African business leaders.

The money will be coursed through different nongovernmental organizations and U.N. agencies, including the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, the U.N. World Food ProgramUNICEF and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

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Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex senior reporter based in Manila. Since 2011, she has covered a wide range of development and humanitarian aid issues, from leadership and policy changes at DfID to the logistical and security impediments faced by international and local aid responders in disaster-prone and conflict-affected countries in Africa and Asia. Her interests include global health and the analysis of aid challenges and trends in sub-Saharan Africa.

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