Over the past decade, international humanitarian assistance has provided food aid, helped control disease outbreaks and reduce maternal and infant mortality in Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). The UN has warned that without sustained humanitarian support, the gains made in the past 10 years to improve food security and the overall health and nutrition of the most vulnerable could be quickly reversed.
Despite critical needs, funding shortfalls have forced humanitarian agencies to scale back assistance. In 2013, the UN appealed for US$150 million to deliver urgently needed humanitarian assistance to communities across the country. So far only $64 million has been received.
In January 2014, CERF allocated $6.5 million from its Underfunded Emergencies window to help humanitarian partners sustain emergency aid operations in DPRK. In 2013, the country received more than $15 million from CERF.