Assistance for IRIN Radio Project in Fourteen Countries in Africa through the Trust Fund for Human Security

October 20, 2005

  1. On October 20 (Thursday), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance of a total of 1,499,926 US dollar (approximately 164.99 million yen) through the Trust Fund for Human Security to the "Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) Outreach Radio Project" to be implemented in fourteen countries in Africa by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
  2. This project will be implemented in Cote d'lvoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Somalia, Burundi, Tanzania (Burundian refugee camps), Uganda (Sudanese refugee camps), Sudan, Kenya (Somali refugee camps), Angola, Namibia and Sao Tome e Principe. This project will support activities such as producing radio programmes and training journalists, as well as providing information through radio to people such as refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) who are facing threats including conflicts, chronic destitution, political instability, HIV/AIDS and environmental damage in order to maintain their lives and livelihoods.
  3. This project is expected to provide accurate and timely information to people facing various threats in the targeted countries as well as to secure their dignity.

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The Trust Fund for Human Security was established in the United Nations Secretariat in March 1999 by the initiative of the Government of Japan, with total contributions of approximately 29 billion yen (approximately US$ 256 million) up to the present. The Trust Fund has assisted more than 130 UN agencies' projects and programmes that address various threats to human life, livelihood and dignity, from the perspective of human security.

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