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 Program, UNICEF and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
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