UN humanitarian agencies face record funding shortfall this year

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Livestock affected by the effects of drought eat fodder in an open field in Adadle District, Biyolow Kebele, in the Somali Region of Ethiopia, in this undated photograph. Michael Tewelde/World Food Program/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

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GENEVA, Aug 12 (Reuters) – UN humanitarian projects are facing a record funding shortfall this year, with only a third of the $48.7 billion required provided global needs exceed pledges, said a spokesperson for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. (OCHA) said on Friday.

The money is needed to help around 204 million people around the world, as armed conflict and climate change, such as the war in Ukraine and the drought in the Horn of Africa, emerge as the main drivers of ” mega-crises” that threaten the livelihoods of entire communities.

“Over half the year, the funding gap is $33.6 billion, our largest funding gap ever,” OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke said during a briefing. hurry.

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“The needs around the world are growing much faster than donor funding is coming in,” he added.

So far, $15.2 billion has been raised mid-year, also a record, Laerke said, in a year of growing humanitarian needs.

According to OCHA’s website, the United States is the top donor, contributing just over $8 billion, while the World Food Program was the top recipient.

The approximately $50 billion needed includes all UN coordinated appeals around the world, such as the annual humanitarian response plans in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Syria, as well as flash appeals in Ukraine and regional appeals for refugees in Afghanistan.

The money is for all UN humanitarian agencies and some NGOs, but does not cover appeals from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the ICRC, as they have separate processes. call independents, said Laerke.

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Reporting by Wendell Roelf Editing by Ros Russell

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