Joseph Foumbi

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Joseph Foumbi (born 1955) is a senior United Nations official working for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Born in 1955, Cameroonian by origin, he spent most of his life in France and the United States.

From 2003 to 2006, he was appointed as head of the UNICEF office in Bangui, Central African Republic. During that time, he led efforts to promote the rights of children in the country, and school attendance as well as child nutrition also improved.[1]

In January 2006, Secretary-General Kofi Annan also appointed him as United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, as successor to Stan Nkwain. In such capacity, he played an important role in advocating to raise funds for humanitarian work in the country, supported by the local OCHA office headed by Souleymane Beye.[2][3]

In November 2006, he was promoted and appointed as head of UNICEF in Kigali, Rwanda.

Preceded by
Stan Nkwain
UN Resident Coordinator, CAR
Succeeded by
Toby Lanzer
Preceded by
UNICEF Representative, CAR
Succeeded by
Mahimbo Mdoe
Preceded by
UNICEF Representative, Rwanda
Succeeded by
n/a - incumbent


  1. ^ "IRIN: Interview with Humanitarian Coordinator Joseph Foumbi".
  2. ^ "Cameroun Link: Le cri d'alarme des Nations Unies pour la RCA (French)".
  3. ^ "IRIN: Donors pledge support for CAR crisis, says Humanitarian Coordinator Foumbi".

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