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Zimbabwe Among Five Most Under-Funded Nations in UN Humanitarian Appeal


OCHA spokeswoman Stephanie Bunker attributed the poor response to competing international demands for aid - in particular the requirements for aid to Haiti following the earthquake and hurricane there

Zimbabwe is one of the five most under-funded countries in the world based on United Nations humanitarian appeals to international donors for 2010. The Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs said donors pledged US$223 million to help Zimbabwe compared with a targeted US$478 million.

But Zimbabwe's food aid appeal is 96 percent covered, OCHA said.

The most underfunded country with respect to the UN appeal is the Central African Republic, followed by Pakistan, Guatamala, Zimbabwe and Uganda.

OCHA spokeswoman Stephanie Bunker attributed the poor response to competing international demands for aid - in particular the requirements for aid to Haiti following the earthquake and hurricane there.

But Zimbabwe's National Association of Non-Governmental organization blamed politics.

NANGO Chairwoman Dadirai Chikwengo told VOA Studio 7 reporter Patience Rusere that the government has failed to adhere to the 2008 Global Political Agreement so donors are skeptical aid will be used as intended.

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