The Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF) has announced a $22.4 million funding allocation for 2020 to address the vulnerability of persons affected by both existing humanitarian crisis and the novel COVID-19 pandemic in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States.
This was issued in a statement by the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA). According to Mr. Edward Kallon, the Humanitarian Coordinator, UN OCHA in Nigeria, “the impact of COVID-19 has made it even more essential for donors to contribute to the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund and support aid organisations in adapting their response and providing critical lifesaving assistance in the north-east Nigeria.”
Now entering its 11th year, the crisis in the north-east Nigeria has created vulnerabilities and humanitarian concerns, displacing 1.8 million people. As a strategic and vital tool to deliver the most urgent humanitarian relief and recovery operations to affected persons in Nigeria, the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF), a countrybased pooled fund (CBPF), managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian (OCHA), was launched in 2017.
The NHF objective is structured to provide an opportunity for donors to pool their contributions in order to deliver a stronger collective response that will assist relief organisations and other key stakeholders involved in the humanitarian response in Nigeria.
Coming at such a critical moment as now, where existing humanitarian needs from prolonged years of insurgence in the region, have been aggrandized by the Covid-19 pandemic, this funding allocation, the largest since the NHF’s launch in 2017, will further support humanitarian efforts in the affected states.
The Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF) has received contributions from Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Sweden and Switzerland for urgent actions in 2020.