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 2019, it was the 8th biggest donor and the 4th largest donor per capita. In 2018, it was the 8th biggest donor and 3rd 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 50.5 million (around USD 7.5 million) to UNHCR’s Emergency Reserve Fund at the start of every year.
- Denmark contributed over 24 million USD in unearmarked funding in 2019 and a total of USD 91.6 million to UNHCR. It was a top 10 donor.
- Denmark’s top recipients in 2019 were: South-Sudan situation, Syria situation, Myanmar situation and the Afghan situation.
- Denmark’s thematic foci: Solutions and Innovation
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Danish Contribution Stories
In northern Angola, 300-500 refugees arrive on a daily basis fleeing violent attacks in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The conflict has so far displaced 1.3 million civilians, with over 30,000 Congolese arriving in desperate conditions to find refuge in neighbouring Angola.
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.
UNHCR is using USD 2 million from Denmark’s emergency fund to be able to respond immediately to the urgent needs of the displaced South Sudanese.
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.
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.
UNHCR is grateful for Denmark’s continued strong support to refugee emergencies. Denmark is the only donor to contribute with an Emergency Fund at the start of each year of USD 8.8 million (DKK 50.5 million), which is solely at UNHCR’s discretion to allocate where the need is the greatest.