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Foreign Policy

Humanitarian aid

Germany helps people in need as a result of crises or natural disasters, regardless of their causes.
Humanitäre Hilfe
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Through its humanitarian aid worldwide the Federal Government helps people who are in acute need as a result of natural disasters, armed conflicts, or other crises and conflicts – or where there is a risk of this becoming the case. It is not about the causes of their plight. Humanitarian aid is an expression of ethical responsibility and solidarity with people in need. It is geared to the requirements of the needy and is based on the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and independence.

Support for international aid organisations

Germany assumes responsibility globally for people in distress and actively advocates strengthening and advancing the international humanitarian system. In 2020 the Federal Government allocated budgetary resources of some 1.64 billion euros for humanitarian aid. It was therefore one of the world’s biggest donors. The Federal Government does not provide this directly, but supports suitable projects conducted by the UN’s humanitarian organisations, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and German non-government organisations.

The focus of German aid is primarily on humanitarian crises in the Near East and Africa. Moreover, Germany is a long-standing supporter and second-largest donor to the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund and the UN’s humanitarian community funds for countries.