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Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Donors pledge $496 million for Central African Republic

The European Union and the United Nations are looking to balance short-term security and "stabilisation" measures with immediate humanitarian aid, pledging along with other donors half a billion dollars to the conflict-stricken Central African Republic.
The EU and the UN, as well as other donors such as the United States, World Bank and African Development Bank, pledged $496 million (€366 million) to the CAR after a meeting at the European Commission in Brussels on Monday (20 January).
Some $296 million will go to "stabilisation" measures, including part humanitarian relief as well as the restoration of basic services and cash-for-work programmes, officials told reporters.
The other $200 million will go to urgent humanitarian needs coming as a result of the increased violence.
“The United Nations and partners have scaled up our efforts significantly to deal with the humanitarian consequences of that deterioration,” UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos said.

Source: EurActiv