International appeal fund for humanitarian needs - The Nigerien government Tuesday launched an international appeal for funds, targeting 177 billion CFA Francs, to enable it finance and co-ordinate its humanitarian needs.
Niger’s Prime Minister, Brigi Rafini, launched the appeal, tagged 2013 Global Call, in Oualam, some 90 km from Niamey, the country’s capital city.
Sources said the appeal became necessary because Niger is just recovering from a food crisis which affected more than 5.4 million people in 2012 and was hit by floods which affected more than half a million people and destroyed farm lands and houses.
To make matters worse, Niger is burdened by the influx of 50,000 Malians refugees who fled their country following the war against islamist insurgents in northern Mali.
Nearly three million people still need humanitarian assistance, while the country has recorded more than 770,000 cases of malnutrition.
The humanitarian response in 2013 will concern all the country’s regions in view of the persistent food insecurity, the high prevalence of malnutrition and the presence of several refugees from Mali.
The 2013 Global Call for Niger is the brainchild of over 100 non-governmental organizations, United Nations agencies and the government of Niger.
Niger has earmarked 82 projects aimed at responding to the needs of over three million people.
The projects will cost US$ 3.54 million.