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The Commission has allocated €294.2 million in humanitarian funding to help vulnerable populations in Eastern and Southern Africa in 2022.
The funding will be allocated to projects in the following countries and regions: Djibouti (€500,000), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes region (€44 million), Ethiopia (€48 million) , Kenya (€13 million). million euros), Somalia (41 million euros), Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean region (27 million euros), South Sudan (41.7 million euros), Sudan (40 million euros), Uganda (30 million euros). An additional €9 million will be allocated to address the situation of Burundian refugees in the DRC, Rwanda and Tanzania and the continuation of voluntary repatriation and reintegration in Burundi.
Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcicnoted: “The severe challenges facing vulnerable populations in Eastern and Southern Africa have been exacerbated due to severe weather events, political instability and conflict, as well as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Food insecurity is increasing due to droughts and floods, while limited access to aid workers is making the situation worse. Numerous violations of international humanitarian law continue to affect the region. EU aid will not only help affected populations meet their basic needs, but also strengthen disaster prevention and preparedness, and support school children in the region through education projects in emergency situations.”
This funding comes on top of €21.5 million allocated to the Horn of Africa in December 2021 to help the region tackle what is fast becoming its worst drought in decades, already affecting millions of people.
Eastern and Southern Africa faces a multitude of protracted and new humanitarian crises, with serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. the Great Lakes region continues to face complex crises, persistent armed conflicts and violence in eastern DRC, repeated epidemics and natural disasters, aggravated by poor governance, structural poverty and insufficient development. Through Horn of Africa (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya), conflicts remain the main driver of humanitarian crises, leading to massive displacements, food and nutritional insecurity. The situation is often exacerbated by extreme weather events, pests and the appearance of epidemics. the Southern Africa and Indian Ocean The region is highly vulnerable to various hazards ranging from floods, cyclones, droughts and epidemics. the Upper Nile Basin (South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda) is affected by several humanitarian crises, both protracted and new, triggered by unresolved conflicts at national and sub-national levels, recurrent natural disasters exacerbated by climate change and the results of decades of economic mismanagement and corruption.
In addition, the European Commission has allocated €100 million in humanitarian aid in 2021 to support the deployment of vaccination campaigns in African countries with critical humanitarian needs and fragile health systems. At least €30 million of this funding will support vaccination campaigns for the most vulnerable in Eastern and Southern Africa