UNICEF and WFP launched a new joint programme today. The four-year joint programme is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the KfW German Development Bank. This programme will be a game-changer for communities in Darfur, said Mr Eddie Rowe, WFP Sudan Representative and Country Director.
KHARTOUM SEPTEMBER 8: UNICEF and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) launched a new joint programme today to strengthen resilience and social cohesion among communities in Darfur. The four-year joint programme is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the KfW German Development Bank.
This is a unique programme that aims to provide long-term solutions by tackling underlying barriers to peace, stability and development to nearly 300,000 vulnerable Sudanese across South, Central and North Darfur, who have been adversely affected by conflict, climate change, natural disasters, and economic downturns.
The first of its kind at its scale in Sudan, the programme takes a holistic and inclusive approach that will enable communities to better withstand multiple shocks and plant the seeds for peaceful coexistence among diverse populations.
The programme will be implemented in North Darfur (El Fasher, Tawilla), South Darfur (Kass, Bileil) and Central Darfur (Zalingei, Mukjar) involving diverse sectors of the community including internally displaced persons (IDPs), returnees and host communities.
– “This programme will be a game-changer for communities in Darfur. It will help ensure vulnerable families don’t slip further into hunger and can actively participate in overcoming underlying challenges to peacebuilding and stability in their communities,” said Mr Eddie Rowe, WFP Sudan Representative and Country Director.
The programme strives to create sustainable food systems, increase communities’ access to integrated basic social services, strengthen systems at the local level to improve service delivery, and enhance community-based networks to reconcile local conflicts and build trust through inclusive social dialogue.
– “Increasing access for vulnerable children, young people and their community members to quality health, nutrition, education, protection and water, sanitation and hygiene services will certainly contribute to fostering healthier, more productive, and resilient communities for the future”, said Mandeep O’Brien, UNICEF’s Representative to Sudan.