Statement attributable to the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari [EN/AR]


Khartoum, 13 March 2013. The humanitarian community in Sudan continues to respond to huge needs, both in terms of funding required and the number of people requiring assistance.

Developed in close consultation with the Government of Sudan, the Sudan Humanitarian Work Plan for 2013 is a tool used to map where humanitarian projects can best respond to people’s needs in Sudan and to allocate funding accordingly.

In 2013, the total funding sought for humanitarian projects through the Humanitarian Work Plan is close to one billion US dollars, to benefit some 4.3 million people.

Humanitarian needs in Sudan are great:

• There are some 1.4 million people receiving assistance in camps in Darfur.

• Over three million children between four and fifteen years of age in Sudan are not in full time education. To address this problem, during the year we aim to enroll some 150,000 children in basic schools, provide learning material for 350,000 children and train over 5,500 new teachers.

• At 16.4%, the average child malnutrition rates for Sudan are above global emergency levels. As outlined in the HWP, the Nutrition Sector will strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Health and partners to identify, prepare for and treat nutrition problems.

• More than 10% of children in Sudan currently die before the age of five, many from water-borne or sanitation-related diseases such as diarrhea, malaria and typhoid.

• Some 20 per cent of women in Sudan do not have access to the basic maternal healthcare needed for safe childbirth.

• Ten years after the crisis began, , almost 60% of the HWP will be devoted to servicing humanitarian needs in Darfur, where over 3.5 million people will be assisted.

Funding the humanitarian needs of Sudan has been decreasing at a worrying rate. From 2011 to 2012, humanitarian funding for Sudan dropped by 9 per cent. This fall in funding may potentially affect the ability of humanitarian agencies to save lives and reduce suffering – last year some sectors had to scale back their activities and adjust their targets at the mid-year point to reflect these funding challenges. Humanitarian actors will have to do more with less.

To do more, with less, humanitarian agencies have focused on better targeting the most vulnerable individuals, increasing self-sufficiency and resilience among affected groups, and utilizing local capacities and resources to address humanitarian needs.

In 2013, by rationalizing the use of aid through improved assessments and building the capacity of local humanitarian actors, the humanitarian community will focus on efforts that increase the effectiveness of aid and the targeting of responses to those most in need.

The prime responsibility for the people of Sudan lies with the Government of Sudan. The humanitarian community works with the Government of Sudan and the Sudanese communities to support them in addressing humanitarian needs. By working together to address aid requirements, we are helping to build a better, brighter and more hopeful future for Sudan.

For further information, contact Damian Rance, Public Information Officer, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Sudan ( / +249 912 392 562)