© UNHCR / V. Tan / December 2011
Sudanese refugees from Sudan's Blue Nile state have settled in a camp called Doro in Maban county. Thousands of Sudanese refugees gather at Doro camp’s to receive relief supplies from UNHCR. Items include plastic sheets, sleeping mats, blankets, buckets, jerry cans, kitchen sets and mosquito nets.
Every day, war, conflict and human rights abuses are forcing families to flee their homes and seek protection elsewhere. Three quarters of the world’s refugees reside in countries neighboring their country of origin, in developing countries. UNHCR is dependent on voluntary contributions to protect and assist millions of displaced worldwide, and has recently received a significant donation from Finland.
Finland has pledged a total of EUR 10,500,000, which represent a EUR 1 million increase over last year’s spring contribution. Of this total amount, the largest portion is earmarked for the East and Horn of Africa (EUR 4,400,000), where conflicts in countries such as Somalia and in the border area between Sudan and Southern Sudan continue to force hundreds of thousands into displacement. Some EUR 1,500,000 is given in support of displaced persons in Central Africa and the Great Lakes region. UNHCR’s West Africa operations are supported with EUR 800,000, South-West Asia with EUR 2,300,000, and Yemen with EUR 1,500,000.
- The high level of earmarking provided to UNHCR, as well as the fact that Finland contributes the majority of its total donations to UNHCR in the early part of the year, gives UNHCR much needed flexibility and predictability, which is essential to the organization's continued and uninterrupted operations. In so doing, Finland is following a key principle in the Good Humanitarian Donorship Principles framework, says Pia Prytz Phiri, UNHCR Regional Representative for the Baltic and Nordic countries.
This most recent sizeable and most timely contribution comes in addition to the core unearmarked contribution of EUR 7 million which UNHCR received at the beginning of the year.
Finland is also contributing to global responsibility sharing through its annual resettlement quota of some 750 places. With this quota Finland continues to provide a safe haven to exposed and vulnerable refugees the world over.
In 2011, Finland gave a total contribution of USD 28 million (EUR 20.5 million) to UNHCR and ranked 14th among our donors.
UNHCR’s total budget requirement for 2012 is USD 3.8 billion. The budget is based on a careful assessment of the needs of people of concern. Sub-Saharan Africa remains the largest recipient of UNHCR assistance, accounting for 45.6 per cent of the total needs in 2012, followed by 15.7 per cent for the Middle East and North Africa and 14 per cent for Asia and the Pacific.
UNHCR is almost entirely funded by voluntary contributions, mostly from governments.