Humanitarian aid spending

In 2014 the Netherlands spent a total of €327 million on emergency aid, from the regular emergency aid budget and the emergency aid fund.

Humanitarian aid expenditure in 2014

In 2014 around half of the emergency aid budget went to aid organisations to provide aid in the aftermath of various crises, like the war in Syria and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Table – contributions to crisis relief in 2014
Crisis Amount (in millions of Euros)
Syria 44
South Sudan 27
Ebola outbreak 27
Central African Republic (CAR) 13
Iraq 12
Palestinian territories 6
Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) 4
Sudan 3
Yemen 2
Somalia 1
Ukraine 0.5
Other 8
Total 147.5

Emergency aid fund: extra aid 2014-2017

An extra €570 million of aid is available for 2014 to 2017 through the emergency aid fund. This money will make it possible to help more people and to improve the aid system. In 2014 aid organisations received around €100 million from the fund.

Planned emergency aid expenditure in 2015

In 2015 €205 million is available in the regular budget for humanitarian aid. Money from the emergency aid fund will be added to this. Most of the 2015 budget for emergency aid will go to professional aid organisations. They use the money where it is immediately needed. For example after the earthquake in Nepal. Part of the budget will be used to improve the aid system, so that more people can be helped with the same amount. In 2016 organisations will need to account for the money spent.

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