UN appeals for US$378m emergency aid for Zimbabwe

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the amount required for Zimbabwe’s emergency assistance next year would be about 52 percent of the US$718 million sought in 2009.

OCHA said early recovery (ER) support would be a key priority for the 2010 Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) for Zimbabwe as aid agencies seek to consolidate recent humanitarian achievements and to ensure that results are maintained.

“Direct restoration of basic social services, infrastructure and livelihood opportunities will not be able to get off the ground without support for the CAP’s ER strategy,” the UN arm said.

The UN agency said priority would be given to rehabilitation of water facilities in urban and rural areas where an estimated six million people have no access to basic water, sanitation and hygiene services.

Attention would also shift towards provision of livelihood support to vulnerable groups – including female and child-headed households, people with disabilities, internally displaced persons and people living with HIV/AIDS – to reduce their dependency on humanitarian assistance.

“Without transitional recovery activities in place, populations risk becoming increasingly dependent on emergency aid, losing self-reliance and the capacity to manage their own development in the future,” the UN agency said during the launch of the humanitarian appeal.

It said more than 1.9 million people in Zimbabwe are likely to remain food-insecure in 2010, while about 650,000 communal farmers would require agricultural inputs for the farming season.