UK pledge for Ethiopia a step forward, but summit falls short

17 April 2024

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UK's £100m pledge for Ethiopia's drought a step forward, but summit falls short of meeting the magnitude of the humanitarian crisis.

Responding to the UK's £100m pledge to support climate-stricken communities at a pledging event in Geneva, Tinebeb Berhane, Country Director at ActionAid Ethiopia said: "The UK Government's pledge, the second largest at the High-Level Pledging Event on Humanitarian Response for Ethiopia, is a step forward.

"Yet, Geneva's outcome falls short of addressing the crisis's magnitude. Ethiopia, flagged by humanitarian watchdogs, faces escalating multi-faceted humanitarian needs for the third consecutive year. 

"The pledged amount didn't meet the $1 billion target, and leaves uncertainty about how "new" the funding allocated is. The international community must fulfill its promises to effectively support Ethiopia through this dire situation."