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Norway increases funding for humanitarian efforts in Mozambique

The Norwegian Embassy in Maputo announces that Norway will contribute approx. USD 4 million (NOK 36,5 million) in humanitarian and emergency aid to Mozambique. The assistance will be distributed to the UN and civil society organizations working to remedy the situation in Northern Mozambique.

Norway has supported humanitarian and development efforts in Northern Mozambique over many years. We are deeply concerned with the present situation, in particular the dramatic increase in the number of IDPs, says Norway’s ambassador, Aud Marit Wiig.

 

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Imagen / Photo: ICRC/ Mariana Alcoforado

Food security, shelter and protection of civilians are pressing humanitarian issues in Northern Mozambique. Norway will support efforts in these areas through the World Food Programme the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Furthermore, funds are allocated to the Norwegian Refugee Council and to the Norwegian’s People’s Aid. These two organisations are in the process of establishing multi-sectoral interventions among the IDP communities in Cabo Delgado.

In addition to the direct support to Mozambique, Norway has recently announced a substantial contribution of almost 1 billion USD to humanitarian work worldwide, highlighting food security and protection. Norway is one of UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) largest donors. This support ensures that humanitarian assistance reaches people in need quickly when crises emerge or escalate. Several UN organisations are among the main recipients of Norway’s newly announced contributions, which again support their efforts at country level, including Mozambique.

“Norway will continue to play a leading role in global humanitarian efforts both as a donor country and as a humanitarian actor. Our overall aim is to save lives, alleviate suffering and protect human dignity in conflict and crisis situations. At the same time, we will continue to promote innovation and an integrated approach in order to achieve better results with existing resources and counter the negative trend we are seeing in which more and more people are trapped in protracted humanitarian crises” Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms Eriksen Søreide said when she launched this year’s humanitarian contribution.