UNHCR needs $3.59B for 2012 programs

For 2012, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees will need $3.59 billion to continue programs for the displaced.

This is the figure the agency will be asking from donors — apart from the $3.42 billion for 2013 — at its annual pledging conference in Geneva on Thursday (Dec. 15).

The budget will be divided as follows:

  • $2.7 billion – global refugee program (half of which will be for operations in Africa). 

  • $575.7 million – internally displaced. 

  • $246.4 million – global reintegration activities. 

  • $329 million – programs for HIV and AIDS, water and sanitation, and energy projects, plus headquarters and regional support. 

  • $268 million – operational reserves for unforeseen needs and emergencies.

The budget is $260 million lower than the 2011 budget, but with the global economic situation still in a weak state, will donors rise up to the occasion?

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About the author

  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.