€7 million aid package will assist over 116,000 people in Afghanistan

DRC and partners will assist over 116,000 vulnerable people in Afghanistan with €7 million EU Humanitarian Aid package.

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) together with International Rescue Committee (IRC), ACTED and REACH Initiative will continue partnering within the Emergency Response Mechanism (ERM) Consortium to provide life-saving assistance to over 116,000 vulnerable individuals across 31 out of 34 provinces in Afghanistan.

The assistance has been made possible through the support of EU humanitarian aid(ECHO), with a funding of 7 million Euros and will run through to December 2020.

“Poverty, the lack of access to basic services and the Coronavirus put an additional, unbearable burden on Afghan families who have been displaced by conflict and natural disasters,” said Janez Lenarčič, the European Commissioner for Crisis Management.

“This funding will protect the livelihood of these families, giving them the flexibility to choose what to purchase based on their needs.”

Each year, EU humanitarian aid has provided more than 200,000 newly displaced Afghans with timely humanitarian assistance through its ERM partners. The Consortium will address the immediate lifesaving and protection needs of shock affected vulnerable Afghan families through multi-purpose cash assistance including support during the harsh winter to address basic needs.

The Consortium will build on experiences gained through previous phases of the ECHO-funded ERM, working closely with other humanitarian partners to ensure coordinated and timely responses for newly displaced populations as a result of conflict and natural disasters through enhanced humanitarian alert systems.

The ERM Consortium will work in synergy with other assistance mechanisms to ensure those in need are better able to access other emergency services alongside longer term assistance opportunities.

“Within the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and with Afghanistan’s infection rates increasingly on the rise, the ERM Consortium will stay and maintain readiness to deliver and contribute towards limiting the further spread of the virus within the country”, says Jared Rowell, DRC Country Director in Afghanistan.

“Our operational practices are being adapted to ensure the safety of our beneficiaries and staff in adherence with the do-no-harm principles.”

According to the 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan, 14 million Afghans are in need of humanitarian assistance. Over four decades of conflict, recent droughts, and an overall propensity for climate change-induced natural disasters combine to create this staggering number of people in need.

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For press enquiries please contact Jared Rowell, DRC Afghanistan Country Director [email protected]