Canada announces funding to meet lifesaving needs in Cameroon

Cameroon is one the world’s most neglected displacement crises. The estimated number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in 2021 is 4.4 million, an increase from 3.9 million in 2020. This is due to the prolonged insecurity and displacement crises in the Far North, the North-West and South-West and the Eastern regions. In addition, the impact of COVID-19 and climate change-related flooding has created food insecurity in areas not previously impacted by humanitarian crises.

As one of Cameroon’s principal partners in the humanitarian response, Canada is pleased to announce $5.8 million in gender-responsive humanitarian assistance for 2021. Canada’s humanitarian assistance is being delivered through UN agencies, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and non-governmental organisations. Canada’s humanitarian assistance includes support for the provision of food, nutrition and health services, clean water and sanitation, as well as protection services.

Canada’s High Commissioner to Cameroon, Richard Bale, made the announcement at a meeting of humanitarian donors with The Coordination of International Humanitarian NGOs in Cameroon (CHINGO) in Yaoundé on May 11th 2021. “Canada is a long-standing partner of Cameroon,” High-Commissioner Bale stated, “and as such, we remain committed to providing ongoing humanitarian support as the country faces escalating crises in the Far North, North-West South-West and the Eastern regions alongside our support to reduce the drivers of conflict.”

Canada will continue to work with other humanitarian actors to increase humanitarian access and secure humanitarian space in regions affected by conflict with the objective of reaching those most in need.