UN draws attention to world's underfunded emergencies

Valerie Amos, United Nations undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator. Photo by: Rein Skullerud / UN

Eight underfunded emergencies are set to receive a funding boost from the United Nations.

On Thursday (Aug. 9), U.N. emergency relief coordinator Valerie Amos allocated $55 million to Afghanistan, Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and Sudan. The money will come from the U.N.’s Central Emergency Response Fund, which provides grants to rapid response and underfunded emergencies.

Four countries with a consolidated appeal in 2012 have been chosen for funding: Afghanistan, Congo, Sri Lanka and Sudan are set to receive $10 million, $12 million, $2 million and $14 million. Cameroon, Colombia, Ethiopia and Madagascar, which do not have a consolidated appeal, will receive $2 million, $3 million, $10 million and $2 million.

Countries that received funding in the fund’s first grant round were excluded. The money will help provide food, water and other services for people in need in the selected countries, including refugees.

Amos hopes the funding will serve to “draw” the world’s attention to the situation of people in the chosen countries, as “millions more people are still in need,” according to a press release.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.