Annual Report 2013
Conflicts pose massive challenges for humanitarian aid
(Bonn, 04/06/2014) The number of serious humanitarian crises resulting from armed conflicts has reached alarming levels. The growing numbers of people who are urgently dependent on aid pose enormous challenges to humanitarian organisations.
In this fragile environment, non-governmental organisations are finding it extremely difficult and very risky to fulfil their mandate and provide aid to those in distress. Blocked trade routes and disrupted food markets mean that hunger is also increasing in regions that are not directly affected by conflict. "Welthungerhilfe was confronted with a fast growing number of humanitarian crises in 2013. This trend is still continuing," says Welthungerhilfe Secretary General Wolfgang Jamann.
The UN has estimated that in South Sudan alone, approximately five million people are dependent on humanitarian aid. President Bärbel Dieckmann requested that the armed parties to the conflict "take responsibility in meeting their obligations pursuant to international humanitarian law, stop the killing of civilians and provide humanitarian actors with unrestricted and unhindered access to the civil population in the conflict zones." It is the only way that an imminent hunger crisis may still be prevented.
Almost one million people have already been displaced as a result of the fighting, and almost 300,000 refugees have left the country. The current supply situation is catastrophic, and will deteriorate further during the rainy season.
Welthungerhilfe's total revenue rose slightly last year, to EUR 154.1 million. In 2013, Welthungerhilfe spent a total of EUR 140 million on overseas projects. Together with its local partners, the organisation implemented 355 overseas projects in 40 countries, including 32 emergency aid projects - in countries such as South Sudan, Syria and the Philippines.
Welthungerhilfe is one of Germany's largest private aid agencies. It offers integrated aid from rapid disaster aid to reconstruction and long-term development cooperation projects in conjunction with local partner organisations based on the principle of help towards self-help. Since we were founded in 1962, we have provided 2.66 billion euros worth of funding for more than 7,350 projects in 70 countries – for a world without hunger and poverty.