Horn of Africa receives $8 billion for development

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An irrigation canal being reinforced near the Kabasa displacement site, outside Doolow in southern Somalia. Photo: FAO/Frank Nyakairu

International donors have pledged $8 billion in new development aid for the Horn of Africa, according to the United Nations.

On Monday, leaders of global and regional institutions began a trip to east Africa to pledge new support and financial assistance for stability and development.

The initiative covers eight countries, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the countries are making important progress in economic growth and political stability, he said that now is a crucial moment to support their efforts.

Meanwhile, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said this new financing will ensure people in the Horn of Africa get access to clean water, nutritious food, health care, education, and jobs.

The region is vulnerable to corruption, piracy, arms and drug trafficking.

The new funds will support efforts to tackle the root causes of these problems.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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