Penny Mordaunt announces more support for humanitarian crises in 2018
International Development Secretary announced a boost in DFID funding for the United Nations' Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) in the coming year, as part of a wider international relief effort.
According to Mordaunt, “while 2017 was a year of harrowing humanitarian crises, the truth is 2018 could be even bleaker”, referring to the ongoing crises in Yemen, South Sudan and Burma. “Britain is giving lifesaving aid, but also hope, to millions of people around the world. In the challenges 2018 brings Britain will continue to be at the forefront of the global humanitarian response”, the DFID Secretary assured.
The new package includes:
1. An additional £21m support for the CERF so that it can respond to under-funded emergencies even more quickly.
2. A £77 million aid package will give money directly to Syrian refugees living in Lebanon so they can decide how best to meet the needs of their families. The programme, delivered through World Food Programme, will run for two years.
3. CERF provides an efficient and effective way to provide additional resources rapidly in response to humanitarian crises. It has recently saved lives in Syria, responded to famine in East Africa, and supported people who are victims of violence from Boko Haram.
4. In relation to its own population, Lebanon is host to more refugees than any other country. It currently hosts around 1.5 million Syrians, as well as 300,000 Palestinians.
On this topic, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, stated that the UK aid budget will be "more sensibly distributed" in the next year, with a greater focus on projects that support foreign policy aims, including combatting terrorist groups.
Read the full DFID press release here