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Funding allocated to Mali crisis

Published: 24 Nov 2018 00:01
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Humanitarian emergency fund activated.

The Scottish Government has made available £300,000 in funding from the Humanitarian Emergency Fund (HEF) to help people displaced by the ongoing crisis in Mali.

The crisis is estimated by the United Nations to affect approximately 5.2 million people, with 1.6 million of those requiring urgent food assistance.

Following a request by Scotland-based aid agencies working in the area, the funding will be targeted on the Mopti region, an area where humanitarian needs have escalated most due to inter-community conflict and insecurity, and where food security is extremely low, with almost half of households now with insufficient food. It is anticipated the funding will be used to provide essential support including, for example, food assistance, hygiene promotion and drinking water.

Minister for International Development Ben Macpherson said:

“The situation in Mali is very serious and this funding will provide aid to those most desperately in need. HEF member aid agencies on the ground, with extensive knowledge of the conflict, will work to ensure that this funding is targeted in order to maximise impact and alleviate suffering.

“Scotland is a compassionate, outward-looking nation and that is why, in demonstrating good global citizenship, the Scottish Government’s Humanitarian Emergency Fund provides essential aid to those in desperate need.

“I hope that this commitment from Scotland will help galvanise others to assist the people of Mali in this crisis situation.”

 

The Humanitarian Emergency Fund provides immediate aid in the aftermath of a crisis.

There are eight leading humanitarian organisations that form the HEF panel and recommend how best funding should be allocated to maximise relief: Tearfund, Oxfam, Save the Children, British Red Cross, SCIAF, Mercy Corps, Missian Aviation Fellowship, and Christian Aid.

Since the start of 2018, over 77,000 people have fled their homes in northern and central Mali due to inter-community clashes and a rise in armed groups and militia operations. It is now estimated that over 27% of the population is living in areas impacted by the crisis and disease, malnutrition and a lack of basic provision could lead to more lives being lost.