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Humanitarian aid abroad

The German government provided more than 900 million euros for humanitarian aid in the period from 2002 to 2005. In 2006 it supported projects in around 80 countries.

The money was used to support humanitarian relief, mine clearing, and disaster prevention efforts around the world. Some of it was contributed as non-earmarked funds to international humanitarian organizations.

In 2005 Germany was the fourth-largest national provider of humanitarian aid, after the United States, Japan, and Great Britain.

Disaster relief

The number of natural disasters recorded has risen considerably over the past few years. The tsunami that took place in the Indian Ocean on December 26, 2004 was a particularly destructive event in the report period.

Add to this a long list of manmade crises and disasters, including unresolved conflicts in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Numerous partners

The German government is one partner among many in the humanitarian aid sector and will continue to live up to its responsibility to help the world's needy in the years to come.

National and international NGOs along with their partner organizations are important aid providers in the affected countries. Key international organizations include the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The cabinet approved the government report on humanitarian aid abroad for the period from 2002 to 2005. The report was compiled under the aegis of the Foreign Office and gives an account of all humanitarian aid provided by the government. The federal ministries involved in addition to the Foreign Office were the Interior Ministry, the Defense Ministry, and the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The report also covers humanitarian aid provided by state governments.

Humanitarian aid in 2006

In 2006 the German government supported humanitarian aid projects in some eighty countries around the world. Africa was once again a focal point of this activity.

At the top of the list was the effort to deal with the humanitarian crisis caused by the Darfur conflict in Sudan and eastern Chad. Relief was provided for the victims of earthquakes in Pakistan and Indonesia. Relief projects were funded in Afghanistan. Humanitarian aid was also provided in Lebanon and the Palestinian territories, primarily through UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East).

This year the government has provided around 202 million euros for humanitarian aid. Part of the money was donated to national relief organizations, the United Nations, and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Funding was provided for humanitarian aid projects, mine clearing activities, as well as development-oriented emergency and transitional aid.

Voluntary funding was provided to international organizations that engage in humanitarian work. The latter include UNHCR, UNRWA, UNICEF, OCHA, ICRC, and WFP.

Contributions to the United Nations budget

In 2006 Germany was the third-largest contributor to the UN budget after the United States and Japan. This applies both to the regular budget as well as to the peacekeeping budget.

Germany made the following contributions to the regular budget in the past three years:

2004: 123.21 million dollars
2005: 155.68 million dollars
2006: 147.83 million dollars

Its contributions to the peacekeeping budget in the same years were:

2004: 303.94 million dollars
2005: 391.19 million dollars
2006: 355.96 million dollars

In each case the German contributions amounted to 8.662 percent of the total.