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Annual Report

Welthungerhilfe (WHH) under the microscope: In the annual report, we provide an account of our work. The report explains how WHH's work is financed and where and how donations are used.

Evelyn Langhans Team Marketing Communication

Zero hunger by 2030 – WHH aligns our work with this sustainable development goal. Because a life without hunger is a human right and a world without hunger is possible. For more than six decades, we have been committed to this goal with great passion, energy and expertise. In 2022, our funding volume and the number of people we support increased again compared to the previous year.

Die Präsidentin der Welthungerhilfe: Marlehn Thieme

The war in Ukraine has dramatically increased food prices and intensified significant nutritional problems for millions of families in Southern Africa, Asia and the Arab region.

Marlehn Thieme Welthungerhilfe President

2022 – A Year In The Spotlight

2022 was a challenging year: Armed conflicts, the effects of the climate crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in enormous price increases, including for food, starting at the beginning of 2022. The Russian war of aggression on Ukraine exacerbated the situation, for example, by disrupting exports of staple foods such as cereals, corn and oilseeds from Ukraine and Russia. As a result, hunger crises continued to worsen. The situation remains particularly dramatic in the Horn of Africa. For example, in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya, people are experiencing the worst drought in four decades. Armed conflicts and the consequences of climate change are currently the most severe risk factors for the global food situation, as demonstrated by the flood disaster in Pakistan in 2022.

Generalsekretär und Vorstandsvorsitzender, Welthungerhilfe 2021

We feel the effects of climate change every day in our work. Strengthening resilience to the impacts of climate change is, therefore, one of our key objectives.

Mathias Mogge Welthungerhilfe Secretary General

What can WHH do to address these enormous challenges?

Download the 2022 annual report in English.

Hunger is one of the world's biggest solvable problems. Therefore, we must prioritize at all levels. WHH will contribute to that effort with all our capacities. It is not just about survival aid after disasters but about developing new perspectives, as WHH Secretary General Mathias Mogge says: "We find solutions for societies to prepare better and also adapt to future crises."

This also requires political support, emphasizes WHH President Marlehn Thieme: "We need political will and unity to take the necessary steps to fight hunger. These include sufficient funding for sustainable solutions as well as ensuring peace. Wars and conflicts must be resolved. And then we need fundamental reforms for a just and sustainable food system."

Download the 2022 annual report in French.

Our special thanks go to our supporters in light of the growing global challenges. Solidarity with people in need has not diminished in the third year of the pandemic, in a time of new challenges. In total, we collected 97.6 million euros in donations and 241.5 million euros in institutional grants for our work in 2022.

Support for 18.8 million people 

In 2022 alone, WHH supported around 18.8 million people in 37 countries with 603 projects. Many people now harvest and produce more – they can feed themselves better, have clean drinking water and are therefore less ill. For children, this support means the chance for better physical and mental development – and thus, a self-determined future.

In 2022, WHH spent 318.7 million euros, 287.4 million of which went directly into overseas project funding. The rest went towards advertising, general public relations, project support abroad, administrative expenses, campaigning, education, and awareness work.

Facts and figures about WHH in 2022

WHH's income in 2022 was 341.2m Euro © Welthungerhilfe
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WHH spent 318.7m Euro in 2022. 90.3% was used to fund overseas projects. © Welthungerhilfe
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WHH is working towards #ZeroHunger worldwide. © Welthungerhilfe
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These are the countries where WHH provided most of its aid in 2022. © Welthungerhilfe
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In 2022, WHH received 241.5m Euro in institutional grants. © Welthungerhilfe
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The independent auditing company BDO AG has issued an unconditional audit certificate for the annual financial statements and management report of Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e.V.

Read now: WHH's Annual Report


What is the difference between directly and indirectly supported people?

Directly supported people are directly involved in the project who receive or use the project's goods, products or services. For example, small farmers who attend training courses on cultivation techniques or receive seeds for vegetable gardens.  

Indirectly supported people have no direct connection to the project but can benefit from the project through the directly supported people. For example, the families of the farmers, who can now eat healthier food, their natural surroundings, and the communities to which they pass on their knowledge.

How many projects did WHH work on in 2022?

In 2022, 614 projects were active in 37 countries. Of these, 11 were domestic projects and 603 were projects abroad. For more information, see page 44 of the Annual Report.

What is the breakdown of expenditure on projects?

90.3% of all donations received go directly into overseas projects. 3.9% we use for advertisement and general public relations, 2.4% flow into administration, 2.5% into overseas project support – 0.9% we use for campaigning, education and awareness-raising work. With your donation, we are also able to apply for additional funds from public donors such as the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German Foreign Office (AA), the European Union (EU) or the United Nations and convince them of the value of our project ideas. Generally, every donation is quadrupled – we can turn €100 of donations into up to €400 of project funds.

Who are the institutional donors of WHH?

In 2022, WHH again received large grants from institutional donors and was thus able to expand its project funding. These donors include:

  1. AA (German Federal Foreign Office) 
  2. Amhara Government (Government of the Amhara Region in Ethiopia) 
  3. BMEL (Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture) 
  4. BMUV (Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection) 
  5. BMZ (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development)  
  6. Caribbean Development Bank 
  7. DBU (The German Federal Environment Foundation) 
  8. EU ECHO (European Commission Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection) 
  9. EU INTPA (Directorate-General for International Partnerships) 
  10. ENABEL (Belgian Development Agency) 
  11. FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) 
  12. FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office of the United Kingdom) 
  13. GIZ (German Society for International Cooperation) 
  14. IrishAid  
  15. KfW Entwicklungsbank 
  16. LIFT (Livelihoods and Food Security Funds, Myanmar) 
  17. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic (MFA) 
  18. NPAA (Sierra Leonean National Protected Area Authority) 
  19. OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) 
  20. Patrip Foundation 
  21. SDC/DDC/DEZA Schweizerische Entwicklungszusammenarbeit (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation)
  22. SIDA (Swedish International Cooperation Agency) 
  23. Start Network 
  24. TMG Research - Think Tank for Sustainability 
  25. UN Habitat 
  26. UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) 
  27. UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) 
  28. UNICEF (United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund) 
  29. USAID (United States Agency for International Development) 
  30. WFP (World Food Program of the United Nations) 
  31. World Bank 

What is WHH's strategy?

We have set ourselves a clear goal based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): Zero hunger by 2030. We are working towards this goal to make our vision a reality: Everyone has a right to a self-determined life in dignity and justice, free from hunger and poverty. The detailed strategy of WHH can be downloaded as a publication

To what extent is WHH making its work transparent?

WHH centers our work on transparency and quality, economical and targeted use of donations and verified information. For this reason, the German Central Institute for Social Issues (DZI) has awarded us the seal of approval for donations.  

Beyond this, we also attach great importance to economic efficiency and transparency. Our annual report shows in detail what we use all donations for and provides a direct insight into our work. As part of the "Transparent Civil Society Initiative," we disclose additional information, such as our complete Articles of Association, the names and functions of key decision-makers, our organizational structure and much more.

What information can be found in the management report?

As an aid organization, private donations and contributions to WHH are indispensable for implementing its statutory mission – the fight against hunger and poverty.  

To ensure economically sustainable development, the Executive Board and the Board of Management of WHH have agreed on key figures enabling the Board of Management to exercise targeted operational governance during the year.

The Management Report contains more detailed information on the general conditions, economic development, and performance of Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e.V.

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