The Horn of Africa has suffered from severe drought conditions due to insufficient rainfall for two years. The affected people in Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenyans rely heavily on crops and livestock for food and livelihood. To help with the drought, Canada offers $73.55 million finding for these regions. $63.75 million of the funding will be used for gender-responsive humanitarian assistance and $9.8 million for development funding.
The $73.55 million funding supports over 20 million people across Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia needing emergency food assistance. UN agencies, the IRC & Red Crescent Movement, and other NGOs will receive the funding to address needs. The NGOs will receive continuous support from Canada to address hunger, acute malnutrition, and the different critical needs of crisis-affected populations in the regions.
The $9.8 million development funding will be used for five humanitarian initiatives and support the long-term resilience of affected regions in Ethiopia, especially for women and girls empowerment. The initiatives will use a joint approach to tackle the immediate humanitarian needs and provide assistance with water, sanitation, hygiene, protection, women’s economic development & empowerment, education, climate action, and livelihoods.