“CWith almost 300 million people estimated to need humanitarian assistance in 2024, the EU is once again reinforcing its commitment to supporting the world’s most vulnerable. Therefore, the Commission has adopted its initial annual humanitarian budget of more than €1.8 billion for this year,” the institution said in a statement.
Of this total funding, around 346 million euros are intended to support populations in East and Southern Africa affected by long-term conflicts in the Great Lakes region and people displaced by extreme weather events and armed conflicts in Sudan, Sudan of the South, Uganda, Madagascar, Mozambique and the Horn of Africa (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia).
Another 200 million euros aim to address the consequences of forced displacement, food insecurity, acute and chronic malnutrition, natural hazards and recurrent epidemics in the Sahel (Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania and Niger), the Central African Republic and in the Lake Chad basin (Chad, Cameroon and Nigeria), marked by conflicts, insecurity and climate change.
Adds almost €470 million in EU humanitarian funding for the Middle East and North Africa to address the extreme humanitarian needs in Gaza and the Palestinian civilian population, as well as the ongoing regional crisis in Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and in neighboring countries.
According to Brussels, another around 115 million euros will be channeled to Southeastern Europe and neighboring European countries, aiming to address the consequences of the war in Ukraine caused by the Russian invasion, as well as financing projects aimed at tackling the current needs in the Western Balkans, the Caucasus and the effects of the Syrian crisis in Turkey and the lasting consequences of last year’s earthquakes.
The community executive’s forecast also includes 186 million euros in humanitarian aid for the most vulnerable populations in South Asia and the Pacific, mainly aimed at the humanitarian response in Myanmar, Bangladesh and the Philippines, as well as 111.6 million euros for Central and South America and the Caribbean, particularly as a response to the crisis in Venezuela.
Around 315 million euros are also reserved to respond to sudden emergencies and unforeseen humanitarian crises that may arise throughout the year and more than 98 million euros for other measures.
The European Commission has been providing humanitarian aid since 1992 in more than 110 countries around the world.
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