Dutch aid for Ukraine
The Netherlands is supporting Ukraine and neighbouring countries by helping war victims. It is providing humanitarian aid funding, medicines and aid supplies. The Netherlands is also supporting investigations into human rights violations and violations of international humanitarian law.
The Netherlands is making funds available for emergency aid
- On 27 February, the Netherlands made € 20 million available for emergency aid. The United Nations is using this money to provide emergency assistance in Ukraine and neighbouring countries. This includes distributing food and water and offering medical care. The UN is also coordinating international assistance.
- On 7 March, the government made another € 15 million available for emergency assistance for victims of the war in Ukraine. This was announced during Giro555’s national day of action fundraiser.
- The Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA) is helping Ukraine, with the government’s support. Three of the 14 aid organisations that make up DRA – namely Dorcas, Cordaid and Save the Children – are providing Ukrainian people with food, clean drinking water, shelter, protection and mental health and psychosocial support. The budget for this is € 2.5 million.
- The Netherlands also made € 1.5 million available to support the work of the Red Cross in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries where refugees are fleeing to. The funds enable local Red Cross societies to provide emergency assistance.
- On 8 April, the Netherlands made € 10 million available for aid to Moldova (in Dutch). Many refugees fleeing Ukraine have fled to neighbouring Moldova.
The Netherlands’ emergency aid policy
- As part of its emergency aid policy the Netherlands finances the work of international humanitarian organisations (in Dutch). The money can be used over several years and is not linked to a specific crisis or topic. This enables the organisations to take rapid action wherever the need is greatest, including in Ukraine.
- As an EU member state, the Netherlands contributes to the work of the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO). ECHO has made some € 90 million available for emergency aid in and around Ukraine.
- At the beginning of the humanitarian crisis the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) made $20 million available for emergency aid in Ukraine. It later added another $40 million dollar to this. The Netherlands is the fund’s fifth largest donor.
- The World Health Organization’s Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE) made $ 10.2 million dollar available for the purchase and delivery of essential medical supplies for Ukraine. The Netherlands is the CFE’s fifth largest donor.
The Netherlands is sending medicine and aid supplies
- The Netherlands has sent medicine and medical aid supplies to Ukraine. This includes protective personal equipment, antibiotics and painkillers.
- The Netherlands has provided ventilators to Ukraine through the EU’s RescEU programme. The equipment first goes to a logistical hub in Poland, and from there is sent on to Ukraine as quickly as possible. The EU is also setting up similar hubs in Romania and Slovakia.
- The Netherlands has provided a half million euros’ worth of goods for the emergency reception of Ukrainian refugees in Moldova. The goods included items such as blankets, sleeping bags and tents.
The Netherlands supports human rights in Ukraine
- The Netherlands has provided the United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) with € 1 million to support the expansion of the OHCHR’s human rights work in Ukraine. This includes documenting and reporting human rights violations.
- The Netherlands is supporting the International Criminal Court with an additional € 1 million for the investigation and prosecution of the perpetrators of war crimes in Ukraine.