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IOM and USAID launch new project to support disaster risk reduction and preparedness in Sudan

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IOM and USAID launch new project to support disaster risk reduction and preparedness in Sudan

USAID Recognizes Important Link Between Funding for Disaster Risk Reduction and Humanitarian Needs Reduction and the Risk of Conflict Over Scarce Natural Resources

KHARTOUM, Sudan, October 13, 2021 / APO Group / –

As the world celebrates International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction on October 13, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Humanitarian Aid Office of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) are announcing the launch of a new project to reduce disaster risk. and the negative impact of climate change in Sudan.

Sudan has one of the largest populations of internally displaced people in the world, over three million.

Every year, tens of thousands of people in Sudan are displaced by civil conflicts, disasters and climatic events, including cyclical droughts, land degradation, desertification, floods and epidemics. These dangerous events claim many lives and erode hard-won development gains, potentially undermining Sudan’s fragile peace process.

Over the past five years, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in Sudan has increased dramatically, from 5.8 million people in 2016 to 13.4 million in 2021.

“USAID funding will provide technical and capacity building support to the Government of Sudan and local communities to reduce the risks that disasters pose to vulnerable communities most likely to be affected by a disaster,” said Catherine Northing, IOM Head of Mission in Sudan.

“The links between disasters, conflicts and population movements underscore the imperative to include disaster risk reduction in humanitarian, development and peacebuilding initiatives. IOM reaffirms its commitment to the government and all stakeholders to work collaboratively to improve disaster risk reduction and build resilience in Sudan, ”she added.

The $ 10 million USAID-funded project will help reduce the risks and impacts of disasters in Sudan by strengthening national response and preparedness capacities and improving access to rapid and effective assistance to save people. lives.

“USAID recognizes the important link between funding for disaster risk reduction and the reduction of humanitarian needs and the risk of conflict over scarce natural resources. Therefore, we are supporting this important disaster risk reduction effort in Sudan, ”said USAID Mission Director for Sudan Mervyn Farroe.

IOM will implement the new project for a period of 24 months from 2021 to 2023, targeting the disaster prone states of Khartoum, West Darfur, North Darfur, South Darfur, North Kordofan, Kassala, Gadaref and the Blue Nile.

The project will provide rapid and effective emergency assistance to nearly 25,000 households affected by the disaster, establish five pre-positioning centers for emergency supplies, organize training to support capacity building of key stakeholders on management of humanitarian relief supplies and facilities, and support local communities. define and implement community solutions.

Working closely with government partners at national and subnational levels, IOM’s Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) activities support initiatives to prevent and prepare for disasters and associated population movements, to provide disaster assistance and protection when displacement cannot be avoided and contributes to post-disaster recovery by promoting durable solutions to displacement and building resilience to future and existing risks.

IOM’s global work on DRR contributes to States’ efforts to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, which, together with the Paris Agreement, contains key objectives that contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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