Less Donor Giving Forces ICRC to Slash 2011 Budget

A vehicle bears the International Committee of Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement emblems at its side. The ICRC has cut its 2011 field budget due to reduced funding by donor governments. Photo by: Amir Jina / CC BY-NC-ND

The International Committee of the Red Cross has trimmed its 2011 field budget by 80 million Swiss francs ($94 million), citing reduced giving from donor governments.

ICRC originally budgeted 1.046 billion Swiss francs for 2011. That amount is even lower than its 2010 expenditure of 1.1 billion Swiss francs.

”Funding for humanitarian action is under significant pressure,” ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger said in a May 26 news release. “Several important donor States have been hit by the world economic crisis, and that is now having an effect on the financial resources available for humanitarian activities. These financial constraints represent an additional challenge to mounting a strong humanitarian response in countries at war.”

Kellenberger called the budget reduction “a painful exercise” that would entail pruning 40 million Swiss francs off health services, water and sanitation and food security programs targeting people affected by long-drawn-out conflicts.

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