Humanitarian support for crises in Africa

10 January 2019

Numerous countries in Africa are facing conflict, drought, food shortages and widespread displacement. The UN estimates millions of people are at risk of starvation in Southern and Eastern Africa.

In 2017-18, Australia provided $36.45 million to support international relief efforts in Somalia and South Sudan.

In 2016-17, Australia provided a total of over $68 million in response to the worsening crises in Africa.

Video: WFP's activities in Somalia

Australia's humanitarian funding to Africa in 2017-18 included:

  • $20 million to provide emergency food, health services and protecting the human rights and safety of affected communities particularly women and girls in South Sudan.
  • $16.45 million to provide food, health services, water sanitation and hygiene and livelihoods support to communities in Somalia

In addition:

  • $25 million of Australia's core funding to the World Food Programme for 2017-18 was allocated to countries in Africa.
  • $5 million of Australia's core funding to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for 2017-18 was allocated to the South Sudan Regional Refugee Response.
Through Australian Government funding, Oxfam is providing canoes to displaced communities in South Sudan to enable them to obtain food distributions and medical treatment. Credit: Oxfam/Dylan Quinnell
The Australian Government is funding World Vision feeding centres in South Sudan, which have screened thousands of children and pregnant and lactating women for malnutrition. Credit: World Vision
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. This funding allows our partners to prioritise the most urgent humanitarian needs globally. For example, $25 million of Australia's 2017-18 core funding to the World Food Programme, and $5 million of our core funding to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, was allocated to countries in Africa.

Australia's partners include:

  • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • World Food Programme (WFP)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Somalia Resilience Program
  • World Vision and Oxfam

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: 8 May 2018
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