Southern Africa: Weekly Report (5 to 11 November 2013)
The election results have been officially announced. No candidate received more than 50% of the vote, meaning that Jean-Louis Robinson (with 21.1% of the vote) and Hery Rajaonarimampianina (with 15.9% of the votes) will run against each other in the second round of the presidential elections scheduled for 20 December 2013.
The OCHA-administered Central Emergency Response Fund has approved an $8 million Rapid Response Grant to immediately implement life-saving activities in Malawi, where 1.5 million of the most vulnerable food insecure Malawians are in need of immediate assistance. The CERF projects address the most critical and immediate funding gaps as outlined in the 2013/2014 Food Insecurity Response Plan for Malawi, which currently describes $71 million of intervention. (The number of food insecure Malawians is likely to rise to 1.9 million in the coming months which could increase the intervention required to $111 million). OCHA requests donors to support this plan.
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