Canada provides new funding to respond to humanitarian needs in Sudan and neighbouring countries
June 19, 2023 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada
Canada is deeply concerned by the rapid increase in humanitarian needs arising from the conflict in Sudan, which has displaced more than 1.4 million people within the country and forced another 470,000 to flee to neighbouring countries since mid-April.
Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, announced that Canada is providing $40 million in additional international assistance funding, including $34 million in humanitarian assistance funding to address urgent needs in Sudan and neighbouring Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia and South Sudan.
Canada’s humanitarian assistance funding will help provide emergency health services, food and nutrition assistance, protection services and essential life-saving support such as shelter, water and sanitation. The funding announced today also includes $6 million in development funding to support critical, complementary programming in areas such as education in emergencies and sexual and gender-based violence prevention and response.
“With the funding announced today, Canada’s partners will be able to scale up their efforts and provide assistance to people in Sudan and in countries hosting the increasing number of Sudanese refugees. We continue to call for an end to the violence in Sudan and for safe and unrestricted humanitarian access to be allowed throughout the country.”
- Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada
This announcement brings total Canadian humanitarian assistance funding for Sudan and neighbouring countries Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia and South Sudan to over $165 million in 2023.
The Government of Canada recently announced that it will match donations to the Humanitarian Coalition—a coalition of Canadian aid organizations—in response to conflict, climate and hunger in East Africa. Every donation made by individuals to the Humanitarian Coalition and its members from May 1 to June 30, 2023, will be matched to a maximum of $5 million.
In the 2021 to 2022 fiscal year, Canada’s bilateral development assistance in Sudan totalled approximately $16 million in funding and was delivered through multilateral organizations active in Sudan and Canadian civil society partners working with local NGOs.
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