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27.02.2014 - Article

Through our dialogue with aid organisations we seek to work with them in a spirit of partnership to make German humanitarian assistance more effective in the face of ever greater challenges.

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier met representatives of German humanitarian agencies in Berlin for talks on 26 February.

Foreign Minister Steinmeier with representatives of German humanitarian agencies
Foreign Minister Steinmeier with representatives of German humanitarian agencies© AA

Through our dialogue with aid organisations we seek to work with them in a spirit of partnership to make German humanitarian assistance more effective in the face of the ever greater challenges posed by increasingly frequent natural disasters and crises. The work of German aid organisations is indispensable if Germany is to take a responsible part in international humanitarian assistance.

The meeting at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin was attended by organisations including the German section of Médecins sans Frontières, Caritas International, the German Red Cross, Welthungerhilfe, Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, Johanniter International Assistance, Malteser International and the Association of German Development NGOs (Venro).

Humanitarian aid in the Syrian crisis

German aid organisations are reliable and get things done, and thanks to their long years in the field, they have developed considerable and varied expertise in organising emergency assistance in crises and conflicts, such as that in Syria. It is precisely in such situations that German aid organisations are able to gain access to the people in need, something which is often denied to other parties. Germany is the third largest donor of humanitarian aid in the Syrian conflict. Since 2012, Germany has spent 244 million euros to help the people affected by the crisis.

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