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Danish unearmarked funds save refugees worldwide

Contributions to UNHCR

Denmark has long ranked among UNHCR’s top ten donors, and was in 2016 UNHCR’s 9th largest donor. Denmark donated a total of DKK 389.5 million (USD 60.3 million) to UNHCR in 2016 of which 80 per cent was flexible and unrestricted funding. Denmark is also one of UNHCR’s largest donors of unearmarked funds, supporting UNHCR every year with an unearmarked core contribution of DKK 160 million that can be redistributed over and over again throughout the year enabling UNHCR to save lives in several ongoing acute emergencies and critically underfunded crises. Read more about the importance of Denmark’s unearmarked funding.

In addition, Denmark contributes with an annual large flexible thematic contribution of DKK 110 million towards strategic solutions oriented initiatives that promote innovation, self-reliance and other durable solutions, including for protracted situations, which in 2016 targeted the Afghanistan and Mano River/West Africa situations. Furthermore, Denmark contributes with an emergency fund of DKK 50.5 million at the start of every year that UNHCR can allocate to where the need is most urgent. In 2016, Denmark contributed through its emergency fund to the Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Malawi, Nigeria and South Sudan emergencies. In 2016, Denmark also allocated funding to the Syria crisis, Iraq, Somalia situation and Tanzania. Denmark is offering in-kind UNHCR office space in the UN-City in Copenhagen and covered relocation costs.

In 2017 Denmark affirmed its key partnership with UNHCR further by signing a new 5-year Humanitarian Partnership Agreement, including continued unearmarked and flexible financial support with focus on protecting specifically vulnerable refugees and groups, and offer innovative solutions for people who have been forced to flee their homes.


Denmark’s thematic foci: Solutions and Innovation



Donor Government Counterparts

The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs is UNHCR´s Government counterpart on matters related to strategic cooperation and funding.

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More on our partnership with Denmark

Danida is the term used for Denmark’s development cooperation, which is an area of activity under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.

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