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Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Sweden gives a further 50 million to save lives in Ethiopia

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has decided to give another 50 million kronor (5.4 million EUR) to efforts to save lives and alleviate suffering in Ethiopia, the Horn of Africa. 40 million kronor (4.3 million EUR) are provided to a fund that can quickly step in with resources when and where needed. 10 million kronor (1.1 million EUR) will be given to UNICEF to save 200,000 malnourished children and examine 600 000 pregnant and lactating women, said Elizabeth Narrowe, administrator of Sida's humanitarian aid for Horn of Africa. The new aid is part of a 200 million kronor (21.6 million EUR) contribution that the government decided to redistribute from its long-term development efforts to the Horn of Africa. With this aid, Sida so far this year contributed 363 million kronor (39.2 million EUR) in humanitarian aid for Horn of Africa. Soon, another 55 million kronor will be paid. 45 million kronor will be saved in order to have room for more installments in the fall. Sida and the MFA together have committed around 770 million kronor (83.2 million EUR) to the people of the region affected by drought. This makes Sweden the fifth largest donor in the area.

source:www.sida.se

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency