CERF provides $8 million to UN agencies in Côte d’Ivoire

The post-electoral crisis experienced by Côte d’Ivoire from December 2010 to April 2011 plunged the country into armed violence. The subsequent humanitarian crisis was characterized by massive displacements of people from conflict areas to more stable areas inside and outside the country, protection and insecurity concerns, loss of property and livelihoods by a large part of the Ivorian population and lack of functional basic social services. Nine months after the post-election crisis, the security and socio-political situation in the country has gradually improved in most parts of Côte d'Ivoire which has enabled hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) and Ivorian refugees in countries of the region to return to their places of origin. Within this transitional context, humanitarian aid to vulnerable populations remains a top priority. The major concerns of humanitarian partners in Côte d’Ivoire include the protection of civilians, the restoration of livelihoods and the voluntary return and reintegration of IDPs and refugees. Hundreds of thousands of people remain in profound vulnerability - mainly in the western regions such as the Moyen Cavaly region and adjacent parts of the Montagne region.

In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) provided US$7,958,195 through its underfunded window to six United Nations agencies and the International Organizations for Migration (IOM) in Côte d’Ivoire.

The World Food Programme (WFP) received the largest allocation of $2.4 million from the CERF to fund three projects related to emergency food assistance and emergency education for displaced children.

The United Nations Children’s Funded (UNICEF) received $1.7 million to fund five projects which will support water and sanitation activities, community management of acute malnutrition and help ensure people’s access to basic health services and child protection initiatives.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) received $1.2 million to provide protection assistance to people affected by post-electoral conflict in the country and deliver non-food items.

An IOM funded project totaling $799,000 will help repair and rehabilitate shelters for the most vulnerable families, returnees and local communities.

A Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) project funded by CERF in the amount of $765,000 will improve the food security and the nutritional situation of 48,00 people in the Moyen Cavally region.

Two World Health Organization (WHO) projects totaling $536,000 were funded which aim to reduce death and illness among children through community management of acute malnutrition for more than 7,000 people and improve access of more than 700,000 people to child and maternal health services.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) received $509,000 from CERF to improve access to basic health services, including maternal and infant health for vulnerable populations in western Côte d’Ivoire, as well as to help prevent and respond to cases of gender-based violence.

Updated on 17 April 2012

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