Donor conference for the Sahel region: Germany pledges 100 million euros for humanitarian assistance


Genf, 20 October 2020 - The humanitarian situation in the Sahel is worsening: up to 16 million people in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger could be threatened by hunger in the coming months. At a donor conference today (20 October), Foreign Minister Maas pledged 100 million euros in support.

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Germany provides 100 million euros

Denmark's Development Minister Rasmus Prehn, Janez Lenarčic, EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas have therefore invited to a virtual conference on the humanitarian situation in the Sahel region today.

The aim is to mobilize further humanitarian resources and draw attention to the humanitarian crisis that threatens to fall out of the awareness of the international public.

At the conference, Germany pledged 100 million euros in humanitarian aid, which will be paid out in the years 2020-2023. Already this year, Germany has doubled its aid to the region and made available almost 50 million euros.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said at the conference

All warning lights are set to dark red. More than 16 million men, women and children in Central Sahel are threatened by hunger. We must all reaffirm our commitment to principled humanitarian action. And we must ensure that all parties to the conflict comply with their obligations under international law and protect humanitarian aid workers. Today, Germany has pledged 100 million euros in humanitarian aid for 2020 and the following years.

Wide-ranging commitment in the Sahel region

Beyond humanitarian support, Germany is pursuing a wide-ranging approach to the Sahel crisis, which also includes development cooperation (over 400 million euros in 2019), stabilization measures (over 130 million euros for 2020) and the military missions of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA; up to 1500 German soldiers in total).

Background information

The Sahel is one of the regions most affected by climate change. Droughts and floods are destroying the livelihood of the people. In addition, there are the consequences of rampant violence and terrorist activities. Among other things, these have led to the closure of 4000 schools - more than 50% of the children can no longer go to school.

In total, more than 13 million people in the region are dependent on humanitarian aid. The number of people suffering from hunger threatens to double to 16 million. At present, only 40% of the humanitarian needs are covered: additional funds are needed for urgently needed aid measures in the region.

(Source: German Federal Foreign Office - GFFO)

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