DfID Humanitarian Spending Declined in 2009, Report Shows

Men unload humanitarian aid given by the U.K. Department for International Development to displaced people in Kivu. The aid agency spent a total of 428 million pounds for humanitarian assistance during fiscal 2009-2010. Photo by: Julien Harneis / CC BY-SA Julien HarneisCC BY-SA

The U.K. Department for International Development spent a total of 428 million pounds (USD665.4 million) for humanitarian assistance during fiscal 2009-10, with Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo as its largest beneficiaries.

The amount is 46 million pounds less than the total humanitarian aid DfID spent during fiscal 2008-09. The department’s year-end humanitarian assistance report attributes the decrease to a decline in country-specific humanitarian spending in DfID’s principal beneficiary countries and the absence of a major disaster in the course of the past financial year, which covers the months from April to March.

The report explains that only a portion of the U.K.’s humanitarian spending in response to the January earthquake in Haiti could be attributed to fiscal 2009-10. It also adds that the total does not include the U.K.’s contribution to the European Commission’s humanitarian office, or ECHO.

The report shows that the food and nutrition sector received the most support among individual sectors, with the World Food Program being the largest recipient within the sector. Overall, the International Committee of the Red Cross received the most of DfID’s humanitarian aid in 2009.

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