10 million euros additional emergency aid to Somalia

Following his visit to Mogadishu, international cooperation minister Ben Knapen today announced that the Netherlands will provide an additional 10 million euros in emergency aid to Somalia. ‘Somalia is at the heart of the crisis in the Horn of Africa. This is where help is needed most,’ Mr Knapen said.

The additional 10 million euros comes on top of the more than 15 million euros in humanitarian aid already pledged to the region, bringing the Netherlands’ total contribution towards fighting the crisis in the Horn of Africa to more than 25 million euros.

The contribution will go to the Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) for Somalia, to which other countries have also contributed. ‘In Somalia, I saw that the most urgent needs require a rapid, flexible and responsible response, which the CHF is more than capable of providing,’ Mr Knapen explained.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) manages the CHF and ensures that it spends its money in a responsible manner. The CHF enables organisations to work together and coordinate their efforts, and ensures that aid goes to regions where the need is greatest.

The CHF finances the provision of food aid, safe drinking water and better sanitary facilities. It has also ensured that thousands of malnourished children and pregnant women receive nutritional supplements containing extra vitamins and minerals.

During his visit to Mogadishu, Mr Knapen also raised the issue of preventing misuse of aid with the Somali authorities and aid organisations. The minister said that aid organisations are doing everything they can to prevent aid falling into the wrong hands.

In addition to the 25 million euros in emergency aid, the Netherlands has also contributed 155 million euros to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). These organisations also use these regular contributions to provide assistance in the Horn of Africa.