UN Worries About Poor Response to Zimbabwe Aid Appeal

The United Nations is concerned about the lack of response to the USD378 million appeal for humanitarian aid toward Zimbabwe, which was launched late last year.

“Lack of funding at this crucial time could derail progress made between the latter part of 2009 and now,” according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

As of March 12, just over 2 percent of the appeal was funded, OCHA reported.

At the time of the appeal’s launching in December 2009, around 6 million people lacked access to safe water and sanitation, the global recession threatened livelihoods, and food security was in jeopardy due to drought.

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    Eliza Villarino is an associate editor for Devex and leads the company's news team in Manila. She played a critical role in conceptualizing the Development Newswire. Prior to joining Devex in 2004, she has already published articles and news briefs for Internet media organizations and for the Institute for Ethics and Economic Policy at Fordham University in New York. She earned her bachelor's in political science and master's in public affairs from the University of the Philippines. Eliza is a member of Mensa Philippines.