The Government of Switzerland, acting through the Embassy of Switzerland in Khartoum, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today signed an agreement under which Switzerland will contribute 2 million USD to scale up UNDP’s livelihoods activities in Sudan’s western region of Darfur for the next three years (2019-2022).
This comes as part of Switzerland’s engagement in providing livelihood support which has been ongoing for years.
Switzerland’s contribution, together with UNDP’s own resources, will be directed to build on the success of UNDP’s flagship livelihoods program in Darfur – rebranded as the Strengthening Livelihoods Security for Peace and Recovery in Darfur (L4P Initiative).
Swiss Ambassador Dr. Daniel Cavegn said: “We are very satisfied with the outcomes of the previous livelihood UNDP projects in Darfur. L4P is in line with the priorities of Sudan in the transition period, namely development and peace. We are looking forward to seeing the concrete impact of this project in the daily lives of many households in Darfur.”
The project is currently in the second phase of its implementation across Darfur’s five states in collaboration with the Government of Sudan through the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Finance, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the private sector.
“This generous contribution from the Government of Switzerland will enable UNDP to carry on its cohesive set of interventions to support economic recovery in Darfur through reviving productive capacities and market access for some of the region’s most vulnerable groups, including women, youth and IDPs”, said Selva Ramachandran, the Resident Representative of UNDP in Sudan. “The beauty of the Darfur Livelihoods Programme is that it moves away from the humanitarian path over to the recovery path. We thank the government of Switzerland for its continued support to this project since its inception.” he added.