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Denmark as a Donor

Danish Contributions to UNHCR 

In 2017, Denmark signed a five-year agreement with UNHCR, committing to continue providing flexible funding and providing support to innovative solutions.

Denmark has consistently been a top donor to UNHCR. In 2020, it was the 6th biggest donor and the second largest donor per capita.

Key facts about Denmark as a UNHCR donor 

  • During the Global Refugee Forum, Denmark pledged DKK 50 million per year in 2020 and 2021 for UNHCR’s development of innovative solutions.
  • Denmark contributes DKK 50 million to UNHCR’s Emergency Reserve Fund at the start of every year.
  • In 2020, Denmark contributed a total of USD 101 million to UNHCR, of which USD 34.6 million was unearmarked.
  • Denmark also contributed USD 14.6 million to UNHCR’s coronavirus emergency response in 2020.
  • Denmark’s thematic focus areas: Solutions and Innovation.

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Denmark's contributions to UNHCR by country in 2020

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Denmark’s emergency funding saves lives in Iraq and Tanzania

Denmark’s emergency funding saves lives in Iraq and Tanzania

UNHCR has released USD 2 million from Denmark’s Emergency Reserve Fund to provide immediate help to people who have been forced to flee their homes in Iraq and Burundi. The grants from this fund will provide men, women and children who have abandoned everything with access to basic services and core relief items.

Denmark funds emergency response for the recent displacement crisis in Diffa, Niger

Denmark funds emergency response for the recent displacement crisis in Diffa, Niger

In 2015, the Lake Chad basin region witnessed increasing waves of violence followed by massive displacement. The Boko Haram group expanded its insurgency from north-eastern Nigeria to neighboring Cameroon, Chad and Niger, killing civilians and uprooting more than 2.7 million people. Since mid-march 2016, the situation in Niger has deteriorated significantly, leading to further displacements and urgent protection and humanitarian needs.

Denmark funds protracted refugee crises in Africa at risk of being forgotten

Denmark funds protracted refugee crises in Africa at risk of being forgotten

UNHCR’s annual meeting of its executive committee, bringing together 140 states, came to a close Friday 9 October. Much attention was focused on the Afghan situation, and the world’s largest humanitarian crisis unfolding in Syria leading to refugees arriving in the thousands in Europe. However, the High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, also urged donor countries not to forget the needs of the millions of people displaced from protracted crises creating refugee emergencies in several regions of Africa.