Joint Press Release
Switzerland Continues its Support to the Recovery and Development Efforts in DarfurSep 18, 2014
Khartoum-September 17, 2014 - Switzerland continues its support to the recovery and development efforts in Darfur. Today, an amount of USD267,000 has been granted to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in support for its Livelihoods and Recovery Programme targeting vulnerable communities in Central, West, North and South Darfur.
H.E. Ambassador of Switzerland to Sudan, Martin Strub said “Switzerland has been for many years a constant supporter to the development needs in Darfur as well as other parts of Sudan. The current contribution to UNDP’s Livelihoods and Recovery Programme is in line with the Swiss Cooperation Strategy with Sudan (2013 – 2016) with a portfolio of about USD 11 million per year that constitutes support to UN agencies and NGOs operating in the field of humanitarian aid and recovery in Sudan.”
Ten years of protracted conflict in Darfur have had unprecedented, severe and lasting consequences on the local communities. The loss of infrastructure and basic services has led to a persistent vulnerability and insecurity among the population. Whilst the ongoing humanitarian needs remain urgent, ensuring an inter-phase between humanitarian and development support aimed at building the resilience of communities is crucial. Therefore, the Government of Sudan has asked for international support to move towards recovery, durable solutions and strengthened resilience. The Darfur Development Strategy (DDS) now provides an agreed framework that comprehensively maps out the needs of recovery and development.
“We truly appreciate this contribution from Switzerland that will help us to boost our Darfur Livelihoods and Recovery Programme. The Programme is a UNDP’s early recovery flagship and sets a strong foundation for expanded livelihoods and economic recovery activities in Darfur” said John Anodam, Darfur Livelihoods and Recovery Programme Manager.
The Programme aims at building the resilience of communities, improving livelihoods and strengthening the capacity of institutional and economic actors to enable economic recovery. In 2013, through the support of the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, the programme successfully created sustainable livelihood opportunities for more than 10,000 households in conflict-affected communities. In order to tackle the huge need for environmentally friendly livelihoods diversification, the programme creates sustainable livelihood opportunities for particularly conflict-affected and vulnerable communities. It establishes linkages between small producers and business owners with value chains that will lead to increased incomes and promote early recovery for more than 45 communities in Darfur.