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Source: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
26 January 2009

Quarterly Regional Humanitarian Funding Update, Oct - Dec 2008

Main Findings:

In the wake of the Gaza Crisis, the Consolidated Appeal for the occupied Palestinian territory has been increased by US$ 68 million: from US$ 462 million to US$ 530 million. A Gaza Flash Appeal is currently being coordinated by OCHA, and will be officially launched on 2 February 2009. The projects highlighted in the Gaza Flash Appeal should not prejudice funding for the annual humanitarian programming as presented in the 2009 Consolidated Appeal

Saudi Arabia has pledged US$1 billion for the reconstruction of Gaza, and Qatar has pledged US$ 250 million. The UAE and Bahrain held telethon fund-raisers, raising US$ 84 million and US$ 8.9 respectively. How the above money will be allocated has not been finalised at the time of publication. Kuwait has pledged US$ 34 million against UNRWA's emergency appeal

The Food Sector received 52% of all funding to all projects in the MENACA region in 2008. Projects relating to Mine Action received no funding

In 2008, countries in the MENACA region gave over US$ 1 billion in aid around the world

The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) provided over US$ 64 million (15% of total CERF grants) in rapid response grants and to under-funded emergencies in the MENACA region

In 2008, the Kyrgyzstan Flash Appeal and Syria's Drought Appeal were the least funded, receiving just 12% (US$ 2.4 million) and 15% (US$ 3 million) of the requested amounts respectively. The majority of funding for both appeals came from the CERF (72% and 64%)

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