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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

EU Aid supports Ethiopia

WFP has recently expanded its use of cash transfers to several other camps across Ethiopia, and, with the addition of the two new sites, now supports 10 refugee camps with cash. This increase has been made possible thanks to the valuable support of WFP's donors and, in particular, a new contribution of €85 million (approximately US$92 million) from the European Commission's humanitarian aid department, which will also help strengthen the resilience of Ethiopians affected by El Niño and support the WFP-led logistics cluster. "Despite the immense challenges posed by the worst drought in decades, Ethiopia has maintained its open-door policy for refugees. Thanks to the EU's humanitarian assistance, WFP can support the government's efforts by maximizing the efficiency and impact of our refugee response through the delivery of cash," said John Aylieff, WFP's Country Director and Representative in Ethiopia. WFP intends to further scale up its cash distributions after the impact of El Niño subsides, when food prices are expected to decrease in local markets used by the refugees. WFP plans to introduce cash transfers in camps in the Gambella and Afar regions, in support of South Sudanese and Eritrean refugees.

Source: allafrica.com