Monaco Sends Aid to Africa

Monaco, a member of the United Nations since 1993, sent aid to over 2.4 million people in 11 African countries in three years, a report has said.

The Monegasque Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (IMSEE), in the Official Development Assistance (ODA) report published on December 31, said Monaco — a sovereign city-state — said the aid provided in the form of a grant without compensation is to develop several strategic areas in specific countries.

The IMSEE’s latest report, which covers the period 2018-2020, showed that the aid was for over 2.4 million people in Burundi, Madagascar, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Niger, Lebanon, Morocco, Mauritania, South Africa and Tunisia.

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According to the report, Monaco’s ODA has been steadily increasing since 2016, reaching the sum of 22 million euros in 2020. The high figure is mainly attributable to the health crisis, which has exacerbated the difficulties of developing countries. Between 2018 and 2020, some 58.3 million euros were contributed overall, representing 500 euros per annum and per capita.

It added that €5.6 million in relief was donated in response to 96 emergencies over three years.

The 2018-2020 strategic plan contained 14 objectives, covering four areas: health, food and nutrition security, youth education and socio-economic integration. 90% of the objectives were achieved.

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The period also witnessed major emergencies, such as the Covid-19 pandemic and the explosion in the port of Beirut. €5.6 million in relief was donated in response to 96 emergencies over three years. In 2020, more than 95% of the budget was committed to the health crisis. Exceptional aid of €4 million was also granted in the same year to support the valleys that were damaged by storm Alex, the report said.

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