- A total of US $60 million has been allocated for 163 United Nations humanitarian projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The Pooled Fund, established by the international community in 2006, is coordinated by the United Nations. It has so far provided US $205 million to support more than 400 projects in the country. At least 20 million of Congo's most vulnerable people have been reached.
The financial aid is expected to support the humanitarian work of non-governmental organisations and UN agencies operating in the vast African country. While US $55 million has been earmarked for interventions throughout DRC, the rest of the money will be set aside for emergency humanitarian emergencies.
The aims of the Pooled Fund to improve health and education, food security, water and sanitation, nutrition and protection for citizens of DRC.
The resources-opulent country has been devastated by several years of armed conflicts. It has the largest UN peacekeeping mission [MONUC] in the world. Though large part of Congo is now enjoying peace, but the country grapples with so many challenges, including human rights violations, high infant and maternal mortality and "epidemic" of sexual violence.
United Kingdom, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden contributed to this year's Pooled Fund.
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