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Canada announces humanitarian assistance at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey

Canada announced a total of $274 million in humanitarian assistance funding at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey. This funding will help strengthen emergency response, child protection and long-term resilience to food insecurity.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) – Central Emergency Response Fund ($147 million, 2016-2021)

Canada is providing $147 million to the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) over five fiscal years to help save lives, alleviate suffering and protect human dignity in communities experiencing humanitarian crises. CERF is a humanitarian fund that enables timely, equitable and reliable humanitarian assistance to those affected by natural disasters and armed conflicts.

Rural Social Protection: Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Program - United Nations World Food Programme and the World Bank ($125 million, 2016-2021)

Ethiopia is facing the critical effects of an ongoing drought. Communities in rural Ethiopia are especially affected because they depend on the production of successful crops. Canada’s support will help the Government of Ethiopia’s Product Safety Net Program, which is provided through the World Food Programme and the World Bank. This program is helping rural families prepare for long-term food shortages. One way of doing this is by helping protect the livelihoods and assets of households by implementing water-resource management planning in the community and providing grants to those who are temporarily out of work.

Child Protection Working Group - UNICEF ($1 million, 2015-2017)

Canada’s support to this program will help increase the quality of child protection in humanitarian crises around the world. Canada’s contribution will also help humanitarian staff adapt the standards of child protection to the local context in communities through monitoring, evaluation and additional training.

UN Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict ($1 million, 2015-2017)

Children are the primary victims of armed conflict. Canada’s support will help ensure their protection and well-being. Canada’s funding to the work of the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Children and Armed Conflict will provide support and field guidance to child-protection practitioners on the monitoring, advocacy and development of action plans to make a difference in these children’s lives.


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