World's most neglected regions to receive $75 million in emergency aidListen /
Two of the world's most neglected regions with high levels of malnutrition and food insecurity are expected to receive $75 million in humanitarian relief aid from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)
The allocation will go to 11 countries in the West African Sahel and the Horn of Africa where critical aid operations are facing funding deficits.
It's the second of two annual rounds of allocations from the CERF Underfunded Emergencies window, designed to ensure relief work continues in countries where needs are high but financial support is low.
CERF Chief Lisa Doughten warns that although the plight of the people in the designated regions is no longer front page news, it does not mean that their needs are any less urgent.
"The countries in the Horn will receive 44.5 million dollars with the largest single allocation of 20 million dollars going to Somalia where close to 2.9 million people are struggling to feed themselves. Humanitarian agencies in Ethiopia, Kenya and Eritrea will receive $12 million, $10 million and $2.5 million, respectively. And so for the Sahel another 30.5 million, which will allow aid agencies to boost emergency operations in Niger, Cameroon, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Nigeria and Gambia."
CERF is a global humanitarian fund which pools contributions from governments, foundations, the private sector, and individuals for immediate use in times of crisis such as natural disasters and armed conflict.
The money is used by organisations such as the World Food Programme, UNICEF or the UN Refugee Agency.
Since it's inception in 2006, CERF has given 3.6 billion to crises around the world of which 1.2 billion dollars has been given to forgotten or neglected crises.
Anzhelika Devis, United Nations.