Welthungerhilfe was formed in 1962 as part of a ground-breaking global campaign – the “Freedom from Hunger Campaign”. Established under the umbrella of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), it is now one of Germany’s largest private aid agencies.
It is an independent organisation and firmly rooted in German society through its member organisations, donors and supporters. Welthungerhilfe promotes food security for all people, rural development and the preservation of natural resources. For this reason, they have increasingly been linking their partners in Germany and the project countries to a global network and are making development cooperation a reality.
What They Do
Welthungerhilfe helps people in developing countries to provide for themselves now and in the future. As a large German aid agency with many years of international experience, it have been chalking up success stories in Africa, Asia and Latin America. As part of its political activities, Welthungerhilfe fights to change the conditions that lead to hunger and poverty. In Germany, it mobilises people to support and help implement its vision.
How They Work
Welthungerhilfe pursues a holistic, quality- and impact-oriented concept ranging from immediate disaster aid and reconstruction through to long-term development projects. In this context, it works with the affected people on equal terms – offering competence, reliability and transparency. It supports partner organisations in the project countries thereby ensuring that structures are reinforced from the bottom up and that successful project work can be secured for the long term.
By 2012, a total of EUR 2.52 billion had been made available to Welthungerhilfe. With these funds, the association implemented 4,892 self-help projects, 1,160 projects for children and youths, and 1,099 emergency aid programmes in 70 countries.
Almost EUR 148.5 million was collected in 2012 alone, including EUR 36.8 million in donations. In 2011, Welthungerhilfe was active in 39 countries, and was able to support more than 19 million people in 351 projects. In addition, the organisation also implemented 21 projects in Germany.
The main focus areas of project work for 2012 centred on rural and regional development, emergency aid and basic infrastructure.
By the end of 2010, Welthungerhilfe had supported the following projects with approximately € 2.25 billion:
4,452 self-help projects
1,086 projects for children and young people
1,037 emergency response programmes in 70 countries
In 2010, 328 projects were carried out in the following sectors:
139 rural and regional development projects
42 projects related to other measures
40 projects in the area of social integration and education
37 emergency response projects
35 projects to restore basic infrastructure (schools, roads etc.)
23 projects in Germany
10 projects to promote civil society structures
2 projects in the area of health, HIV&AIDS
To fund its projects, Welthungerhilfe received in 2010:
€ 76.2 M in donations
€ 131.7 M in public grants
The most important sources of public funding in 2010 were:
The World food Programme (WfP) with € 38.9 M
The federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) with € 29.4 M
The Reconstruction Loan Corporation (KfW) with € 26.1 M
The European Commission Directorate General for humanitarian Aid (EChO) with € 15.2 MSee more