The United Nations is drawing USD41 million from its Central Emergency Response Fund to help plug a funding hole for relief efforts in nine countries.
The funding will benefit humanitarian projects in the Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Nepal, North Korea and Yemen.
Aid initiatives in Chad and the DRC will get the largest share at USD8 million each, followed by those in Yemen, which will receive USD7 million. The U.N. is devoting USD5 million in CERF funds to North Korea.
According to a U.N. news release, the world body looks at aid funding levels and the direness of the humanitarian situation when deciding on which countries need grants.
As reported by Devex, the U.N. is in need of USD5 billion to respond to humanitarian crises worldwide this year.