UNHCR receives USD 1.7 million grant from Japan to improve service in Somalia

UNHCR said it received USD 1.7 million grant from the government of Japan on Monday.
According to a statement by its office in Mogadishu, the funds are in support of its humanitarian efforts in Somalia.
The latest funding by the Asian state will provide UNHCR with critical funds to deliver services to a total of 15,500 displaced people including refugees, asylum seekers, returnees, IDPs and host communities.

It also reaffirms Japan’s commitment to supporting the New Approach for Peace and Stability in Africa (NAPSA) as announced by the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, during the opening session of the Tokyo International and Conference of African Development (TICAD) 2019.

UNHCR said it will work with the network of local and international partners to rehabilitate basic infrastructures such as markets, roads, and water catchment areas.

Adding that some 2,400 school-aged children will also have access to primary school education and learning materials as most schools in the country are privately run and out of reach to many children from the displaced population.

UN refugee agency will implement livelihood interventions mainly targeting the youth who are particularly vulnerable to violent extremists.

Last year, thanks to donations from donors including USD 4 million from Japan, UNHCR reached thousands of people in Somalia with several interventions including shelter, livelihood, education, health care and multi-purpose cash grants.

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