Nearly half a billion dollars was pledged at a high-level meeting on the humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic today, as donors rallied to help the stricken country in response to a dramatically deteriorating situation.
The meeting, organised in Brussels by the European Commission and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, heard pledges of support from the European Commission, EU Member States and other international donors including the United States of America, the World Bank and the African Development Bank.
A new overall figure of humanitarian assistance was announced at the meeting of €150 million, together with a further contribution of nearly €200 million in stabilization and development funds. This brings total support pledged at the meeting to €366 million, equivalent to $496 million.
The European Commission is increasing its support by €45 million. The aid targets the most acute needs of the population such as shelter, food, health, protection, water, sanitation and hygiene.