The Government of Japan has allocated $4.22 million to the United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP) peace, stability and economic recovery efforts, to assist 45,000 people across seven states in Sudan.
The Japanese ambassador to Sudan, Takashi Hattori, said in a press release Tuesday that the new priorities will help the most vulnerable areas in the Blue Nile, White Nile, South, West and North Kordofan, Sinnar, and Khartoum.
Adding that it is necessary not only to meet the urgent needs of these people, but to also provide the basic foundations for increasing the sustainability of their lives by enhancing productivity and skills.
For his part, Volker Perthes, head of the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS), considered that Japan’s contribution is complementary to UNITAMS and the UN country team efforts in enhancing peace-building work coordination through its peacemaking, peace-building, and stabilization efforts in Sudan.
Pointing out that stability at the community level is crucial for peace and development, he added that this generous assistance will ensure that people get more UN support with real opportunities through rural development and access to basic services.
According to Sudan News Agency (SUNA), rural development, which is being provided in partnership with the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) Commission in Sudan, would focus on access to food and services through environmentally sustainable activities.
These activities include, but are not limited to: rain-fed agriculture, infrastructure, assets, markets, roads, tractors, harvesters and solar energy technology.