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The humanitarian face of DFID in Africa

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Publication of annual report on humanitarian spending

In 2007/8, DFID spent =A3205 million on humanitarian aid in Africa. This equates to nearly a fifth of the overall bilateral aid programme to the whole of Africa for the year.

So the question is, what did we do with the money?

To find out where and what we spent these funds on, and how we are supporting our humanitarian reform agenda, take a look at the Africa Humanitarian Allocations Report for 2007/8, produced by our Africa Conflict and Humanitarian Unit (ACHU).

ACHU is DFID's focal point for humanitarian work in Africa. In collaboration with the wider Africa Humanitarian Network, ACHU leads on humanitarian analysis and response across the region, providing advice, support and deployment capacity to DFID's country and regional offices.

Helping people in need

Highlights from the 2007/8 Humanitarian Allocations Report include:

- 31 countries across Africa benefited from DFID humanitarian aid in 2007/8.

- The top five recipient countries of DFID humanitarian aid were Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zimbabwe, Uganda and Somalia. Combined, these five countries received over 75% (=A3158 million) of DFID's humanitarian aid. Public Service Agreement countries (PSA) received 80% of allocated funds.

- Expenditure by sector is largely unchanged from 2006/7: food, health and water and sanitation were the main sectors, and combined accounted for 50% of DFID's humanitarian funds. Cash transfers grew by 400% relative to 2006/7, although they remain a small proportion of the total spend.

- Expenditure by agency - the World Food Programme (WFP), UNICEF and Common Humanitarian Funds together accounted for 54% of DFID's spend. Adding the next two biggest agencies, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), these five agencies received almost two thirds (65%) of all humanitarian spend in Africa.