Int'l donors raise 841 mln USD for Darfur reconstruction

09:02, March 22, 2010      

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The international donors to a conference here on Sunday allocated 841 million U.S. dollars for the reconstruction and development of Darfur.

Wrapping up the International Donors Conference for the Reconstruction of Darfur, the donors raised 841 million dollars for financing reconstruction and development projects in the war- torn Sudanese region.

The major contributions came from the Islamic Development Bank with 355 million dollars, Qatar with 200 million, the European Union, 95 million, Turkey, 70 million, Algeria, 10 million, Belgium, 5 million euros, and Australia with 4 million dollars.

The final statement added that some other countries will make contributions outside this framework and according to their own programs: the United States will provide 528 million dollars, France 75 million dollars, and Saudi Arabia 40 million dollars.

The participants also decided to form a committee consisting of Egypt, Qatar, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) and major donors to establish a development bank to receive the funds and take up the mission of financing development projects in the region.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit, whose country hosts the conference, said in a press conference the projects will coincide with the peace process.

He underlined the necessity to establish the Darfur development bank to be in charge of the expenditure of the projects.

The conference, which kicked off here on Sunday, had aimed at raising two billion U.S. dollars for the reconstruction and development of Darfur and to establish a bank to receive these donations and allocations.

The two billion dollars will be dedicated to financing a long list of development projects that cover agriculture, animal breeding, housing and urban planning, water supply, health, education, rural development, upgrading women and capacity building.

According to a recent study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), one of every 100 women dies in Darfur when giving birth, 607,000 infants do not live to see their first birthday each year, one doctor serves the population of 45,000, one midwife for 33,000 women and one health specialist for 7.5 million people. Around 153,000 new cases of Malaria occur each year.

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