By Libya Herald staff.
Tunis, 21 April 2016:
The United Nations says it has spent $12 million helping finance a number of priority . . .[restrict]projects that are part of the Libya Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP).
Of this, $2.5 million has been distributed for health needs, $2.48 million in food assistance, $2.4 million to support to refugees and migrants, and $1.8 million to protection. Early recovery and Water, Health and Sanitation (WASH) programmes received $1 million each, with Shelter and Non-Food Items (NFIs) programmes receiving $800,000.
The HRP has a $165-million target to meet the needs of an estimated 2.44 million people requiring humanitarian assistance in Libya. These include internally displaced persons (IDPs), refugees and migrants as well as asylum-seekers and vulnerable conflict-affected communities across the country.
So far just $30 million has been promised – 18 percent of the target. Apart from the $12 million coming from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the other major funder so far is the European Union which has also provided $12 million. Italy has provided $2.1 million, Canada $1,4 million and the US $1 million.
“This funding from CERF’s underfunded emergencies allocation comes just in time to restore stocks of essential items that are not available in Libya, in particular ensuring that food assistance and medicines reach those most urgently in need,” said Humanitarian Coordinator Ali Al-Za’tari. “We are grateful that the CERF exists to come to the rescue of silent and severely underfunded crises, such as that unfolding in Libya.”
However, Al-Za’tari has pointed out that that what has been given so far will not be enough to respond to the urgent needs of people in Libya. He predicts that, without further promises, funding from urgent humanitarian projects will run out by June. [/restrict]