Reaction to Paris pledging conference for Sudan and its neighbors

Published: 16th April 2024

Reacting to the outcome of the International Humanitarian Conference for Sudan and its neighbours, held in Paris today, at which countries pledged a total of $2 billion – Oxfam in Africa Director Fati N’Zi Hassane said: 

“This meeting was an opportunity to turn the tide for Sudan and its four neighbours. Once again, the leaders have demonstrated a disregard for the lives of those in Sudan and its neighbours as they pledged less than half of the $4.1 billion needed to urgently help over 14.7 million people in Sudan and millions more suffering in host countries. 

“It is morally incomprehensible that Central African Republic, Chad, Ethiopia, and South Sudan – some of the world's most fragile states –bear the brunt of Sudan’s conflict while the richest nations slack.   

“Ongoing conflict and hunger have already pushed millions of people across those countries to the brink. They have welcomed those fleeing the Sudanese conflict despite an already desperate situation at home. Without an immediate influx of funds, their capacity to respond will reach a breaking point.”  

“Despite some progress, this conference has largely failed to meet the enormous needs. But it is not too late to act. Donors and the international community must show clear, swift, coordinated action to save lives now. Warring parties must also ensure an immediate cessation of hostilities.” 

Notes to editors

  • The  2024 Humanitarian Needs and Response Plan for South Sudan indicates that 9 million people will need humanitarian aid in South Sudan including more than 1.6 million children who are at risk of acute malnutrition. 
  • The 2024 Sudan Humanitarian Need and Response plan requires US$2.7 billion to provide life-saving and protection assistance to 14.7 million people across Sudan in 2024. So far, the appeal is 3.1 per cent funded. 
  • A total of US$4.1bn is needed for this year’s humanitarian response – US$2.70bn for Sudan and US$1.4bn for the neighbouring countries. 
  • The 2023 humanitarian response plan (HRP) for Chad has seen an increase of the number of people in need from 6.9 million to 7.6 million, but it is only a quarter funded. Part of the funding destined for the country’s existing internal crises has been redirected to eastern Chad to respond to the refugee crisis. 
  • In Ethiopia, only 23 percent of the requirements for the Sudan refugee response had been covered as of October 2022, leaving a funding gap of about $70 million. The lack of funding has pushed many partners to suspend essential services. 
  • Only 7 percent of the requirements outlined in the 2024 Regional Refugee Response plan for Sudan has been met. 

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