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Humanitarian assistance: Increasing German commitment

16.10.2014 - Article

On an ever larger scale, Germany is providing humanitarian assistance to alleviate human suffering caused by conflicts and natural disasters.

On an ever larger scale, Germany is providing humanitarian assistance to alleviate human suffering caused by conflicts and natural disasters. This is underpinned by the report on German humanitarian aid abroad 2010/2013 adopted today by the Federal Government. During this period, German assistance totalled approximately 1.13 billion euros.

Refugees near Kalak in Iraq
Refugees near Kalak in Iraq© picture-alliance/ ZumaPress

Regional focuses: the Middle East and Africa

International readiness to provide humanitarian aid is faced with enormous demands in the face of the current global challenges such as the crises and conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Gaza, and the subsequent displacement and flight of millions of people.

At the same time, however, protracted, complex crises like the ones in South Sudan, the Central African Republic, the Horn of Africa, Afghanistan or Colombia must not be forgotten. They require stamina and need to remain under observation even when they don’t make the headlines for a while.

One reason for growing need - natural disasters

The German Red Cross delivers aid supplies to affected areas
The German Red Cross delivers aid supplies to affected areas© DRK

Humanitarian need continued to grow considerably during the 2010/2013 reporting period, above all due to a multitude of new and protracted conflicts and devastating natural disasters like the Haiti earthquake (2010), the floods in Pakistan (2010) or Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines (2013).

During the reporting period, humanitarian assistance by the German Government totalled approximately 1.13 billion euros. In the previous four‑year period, assistance had amounted to 925.5 million euros.

Humanitarian commitment at the international level

At global level, Germany is committed to the United Nations humanitarian system and cooperates closely with national and international partners, non‑governmental organisations and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in order to be able to alleviate suffering quickly and efficiently. In the case of acute crises and catastrophes, Federal Government relief measures can be set in motion within 24 hours.

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