Humanitarian support for Somalia and South Sudan

16 March 2017

In 2017, Australia has provided $34 million in response to the worsening crises in Somalia and South Sudan.

Australia's assistance is providing emergency food and nutrition, health services, water and sanitation to vulnerable communities, particularly women and children. It will also provide agricultural livelihoods support.

Video: WFP's activities in Somalia

This funding brings the amount of life-saving humanitarian assistance Australia has allocated to South Sudan and Somalia to over $120 million since 2014.

The 2017 funding includes:

  • $10 million to the World Food Programme (WFP)
  • $2.5 million to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • $2.5 million to the Somalia Resilience Program (SomReP) delivered by NGOs
  • $5 million to the UN South Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SSHF)
  • $5 million to the UN Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF)
  • $4 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • $5 million to Australian NGOs
The World Food Programme's rapid response activities provides life-saving relief in priority areas throughout South Sudan. Credit: WFP/Challiss McDonough

Core funding

Australia also provides annual core funding to trusted international humanitarian partners. The bulk of this funding is un-earmarked, allowing our partners to prioritise the most urgent humanitarian needs globally. For example, WFP has provided $3.5 million of Australian Government core funding to South Sudan in 2016-17.

The World Food Programme is distributing essential supplies including bags of sorghum and specialised nutritious foods in difficult to access areas throughout South Sudan. Credit: WFP/George Fominyen

These partners include:

  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
  • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • World Food Programme (WFP)

More information

A woman collects food for her daughter from a nutrition centre in Juba, South Sudan. Credit: WFP/George Fominyen
The World Food Programme delivered more than 200 tonnes of supplies to Leer town, South Sudan, in March 2017 to reach people who are suffering from famine-like conditions. Credit: WFP/George Fominyen


Last Updated: 16 March 2017
A malnourished baby is examined by a health worker as part of a malnutrition screening program funded by the World Food Programme in Kismayo, Somalia. Credit WFP/K Prinsloo
Displaced people from the regions of Bay and Bakool gather at the town of Dolow Somalia to receive assistance from the World Food Programme. Credit WFP/K Prinsloo
Emergency supplies, such as high energy biscuits, are being stockpiled in Somalia to help people suffering from or at risk of malnutrition. Credit WFP/K Prinsloo