MAF’s Head of Scotland, Ruth Jack was present this week when the Scottish Government announced how the new £1 million Humanitarian Emergency Fund, launched in April, will be allocated.
MAF was invited to join the panel to contribute our expertise in disaster response logistics, demonstrated by our response to recent disasters in Haiti and Nepal. Access to the fund will enable us to provide continued support for our humanitarian partners around the world.
Seven other leading humanitarian aid organisations in Scotland (Mercy Corps, Oxfam, British Red Cross, SCIAF, Christian Aid, Tearfund and Save the Children), will also advise on how to access the fund, sharing their expertise in responding to emergencies.
The first funding released from the Humanitarian Emergency Fund (HEF) will be allocated to the East Africa crisis. An estimated 23 million people across South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, with half a million children under five being at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition.
The funding, split between the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Appeal and non-DEC members of the HEF panel, will support vulnerable families in East Africa suffering from the effects of the famine and food crisis.
Minister for International Development and Europe Alasdair Allan, said:
“This first release of funding from the HEF for East Africa will enable us to provide immediate and effective assistance to some of the world’s most vulnerable people, demonstrating Scotland’s role as a responsible global citizen.
“The panel brings together representatives from leading aid agencies across Scotland to work collaboratively. This sense of connection is a key strength of the Panel’s work and I am confident it will enable us to make a real difference to some of those most in need in the future.
“I look forward to continuing to work with the Panel to tackle humanitarian emergencies and help those in need to find their way out of poverty and into a dignified, fulfilling life for themselves and their families.”
MAF is delighted to be standing with the Scottish Government and our humanitarian partners in Scotland to further the fight to end global poverty.