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U.N. humanitarian office increases funding for neglected emergencies

The U.N. humanitarian office has allocated $84 million to aid neglected emergencies around the world. The initiative is aimed at helping the countries such as Myanmar, Djibouti and Madagascar, which have suffered recent national emergencies that were overlooked by the media.

The money for the program came from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), a rapid-response program which is in place to counter the effects of natural disasters and armed conflicts. CERF is funded much like the World Food Programme, mainly from contributions from U.N. member states, private donors and charities. This year alone, donors have pledged almost $358 million in support of CERF.

The largest portion of the allocation will go to Somalia, which will receive $15 million to help repair infrastructure and provide food aid to its impoverished citizens. The program donated almost $140 million in 2010 and almost a third of CERF funds have gone to support neglected emergencies in over 50 countries.

According to the World Food Programme, there are 925 million undernourished people in the world today. 
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