Sebastian Kurz: "Allocation of further 5 million euros for drought in Africa"

from Government of Austria
Published on 23 Jul 2017 View Original

Foreign Ministry announces allocation of new funds for East Africa from the Foreign Disaster Fund (FDF)

The Foreign Ministry today announced that Austria will allocate a further 5 million euros in humanitarian aid for the victims of the drought in East Africa. Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said in a statement: "It is our duty and responsibility to help the victims of the drought in Africa. This additional on-the-spot aid will be a significant contribution to providing people with prospects at home and stemming migratory flows from Africa’s humanitarian crisis regions."

The resolution was adopted upon the initiative of the BMEIA by a circular letter issued by the Austrian Council of Ministers. The new funds provided by Austria will benefit the following countries: South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda and the Lake Chad region (Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad). The aid will be administered by Austrians NGOS present in the countries and international organisations such as UNHCR, IOM and the ICRC. So far this year, Austria has already provided out of FDF funds an additional 3 million euros in humanitarian aid for the EU Trust Fund for Africa, bringing the total Austrian contribution to the Trust Fund to 6 million euros, as well as 1.5 million euros for South Sudan, 2 million euros for Uganda, a million each for Kenya and Ethiopia, and a further 500,000 euros for Ethiopia from food assistance funds of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management. The Austrian Development Agency (ADA), for its part, will be providing a total of 21 million euros for East Africa this year.