KHARTOUM, Sudan, April 21, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Sweden has contributed SEK55 million (US $6.4 million) to the 2015 Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF). Sweden has been a committed supporter of the CHF, contributing some SEK1.2 billion (US $106 million) since 2006. This valuable contribution comes at a critical time, when funding for humanitarian action in Sudan is scarce and humanitarian needs are growing.
“Sweden follows the humanitarian situation with concern, and therefore Sudan remains a key priority recipient of Swedish humanitarian support in 2015,” said Mette Sunnergren, the Swedish ambassador to Sudan. “The CHF allows humanitarian actors to rapidly respond to urgent humanitarian needs and it also serves as a key source of funding to the Humanitarian Response Plan, an important tool that identifies protracted humanitarian needs and priorities in Sudan.”
The CHF supports an effective, coordinated and principled response to those in greatest need, the fund also empowers humanitarian leadership, strengthens Sudan’s coordination system, and ensures inclusiveness and partnership.
“Predictable and timely funding to the Sudan CHF by donors such as Sweden, helps humanitarian partners to sustain urgent interventions to people in need across Sudan,” said El-Mostafa Benlamlih, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan a.i.. “The CHF helps to ensure that the highest needs of affected people are identified and addressed in a transparent, timely and cost-effective manner by national and international responders.”
The Sudan CHF is a multi-donor pooled fund that assists the timely allocation and disbursement of funds to Sudan’s most critical humanitarian needs. To date, the Sudan CHF has received and granted over one billion dollars to international and national NGOs and UN Agencies to enable them to implement urgent and life-saving projects. In 2014 CHF allocated more than US $55 million for humanitarian action across Sudan.
SOURCE: UNITED NATIONS