The United Nations announced that it will allocate $55 million to bolster operations in eight countries including Sri Lanka, with neglected humanitarian emergencies, the UN said in a statement.
Afghanistan, Cameroon, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and Sudan will all receive funds from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to help provide food, water, health and other basic services.
“These CERF grants provide critical funding. The money will save lives by helping aid agencies reach people in desperate need,” said the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, said in a news release. “I hope this funding will also serve to draw attention to their situation, as millions more people are still in need.”
Launched in 2006 and managed by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), CERF enables the fast delivery of life-saving assistance to people affected by natural disasters and other crises worldwide. It is funded by voluntary contributions from Member States, non-governmental organizations, regional governments, the private sector and individual donors.
The new allocations will bring the total amount allocated by CERF to more than $158 million this year, as 13 countries were given nearly $104 million in January.
Each year, a third of all CERF funds are earmarked for underfunded emergencies to help improve the balance of global humanitarian aid distribution. Since 2006, nearly a third of the $2.6 billion allocated from CERF has gone to neglected crises in more than 40 countries.
More money for the NGOs...must be smacking their lips in anticipation.
Kiris Baba Amaray Saturday, 11 August 2012 06:09 AM
These funds will be mis-used to UPFA Election activities at this time. UN be alert, this is not the right time to fund SL.
Godagampala Rohana Saturday, 11 August 2012 06:13 AM
It is to the personal pockets of the Great Rulers Family for sure.
rahu Saturday, 11 August 2012 07:05 AM
Pls use this fund for Framers who struggling without water and the people who are in thine in the government hospital Que to get medicine. Do not use this for highway or road project
Jagath Leanage Saturday, 11 August 2012 08:02 AM
UN eke aya, ape hadayange weda danne nedda?
Mims Saturday, 11 August 2012 09:26 PM
I suppose these "mean Western countries" who are jealous of us, and out to get us, by asking for investigations into human rights violations by the government, has it's uses too. No funds, no fun, for the sharks who benefit.
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mike Sunday, 12 August 2012 04:47 AM
correct! i personally know they send bogus reports on SL just to get funds & keep their high paying jobs. this is the reason we face problems. recently UN foreign staff here made abig fuss that alocal lady was paid more than them for a project. this is the truth
Nodrog Sunday, 12 August 2012 07:34 AM
Its all about money and their personal status first. Everyone know the major part of the monies goes for their 'upkeep' and only a small fraction goes to where its actually needed.
Man Sunday, 12 August 2012 03:43 PM
UN is not an INGO or NGO. It is an inter governmential org. It has clearly identified the country needs. I think all have to learn on what the UN is.
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