African Development Bank donates over $40 millions for South Sudan in fight against poverty

The headquarters of the African Development Bank (AfDB) are pictured in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Sept. 16, 2016 (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

October 24th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – The African Development Bank (ADB) has donated $43.57 millions for its Short-Term Regional Emergency Response Project (STRERP) to South Sudan, which has been in a bloody civil war since December 2013.

As hunger reaches its peak and millions threatened by starvation, the African Development Bank pledged to support South Sudan in the fight against poverty that runs in parallel side with malnutrition in in the country..

The new contribution will also play an important role in empowering  the most affected communities, and boost food security in the war-affected region according to the African Development Bank (ADB).

“We are very grateful for the contribution from the Bank. It will go a long way in helping us provide life-saving support at a critical period and ensure people have the means to feed themselves not only today but also in the future,” Adnan Khan, WFP Country Director in South Sudan said in a statement.

For his part, the Manager of the African Development Bank, Benedict Kanu, said the implementation of the Short-Term Regional Emergency Response Project (STRERP) shows that the Bank is committed to supporting its Regional Member Countries in tackling the most challenging issues and root causes of food insecurity.

”STRERP reflects the Bank’s commitment to support its Regional Member Countries (RMCs) in addressing the drivers of food insecurity and unstable food production systems,” he said.

Kanu added that the grant project is multipurpose because it does not only address humanitarian challenges but it also enhances strong resilience at the community levels.

“The Bank’s approach goes beyond addressing the immediate humanitarian needs through food assistance, but also seeks to build resilience of the affected communities and strengthen the capacity of government institutions to effectively plan, coordinate and implement disaster risk management and humanitarian responses,” he added.

The Bank Manager in South Sudan call upon development partners to address the underlying cause of vulnerability in South Sudan.

“We call on all development partners to work together to address the underlying drivers of vulnerability in drought-prone areas,” he further said.