Zero Hunger by 2030 – this sustainable development goal provides the road map for Welthungerhilfe’s work because a world without hunger is a human right that we can implement. In 2019, Welthungerhilfe once again worked hard to move closer to this goal. The amount of funding and the number of projects increased in 2019 compared to 2018.
2019 - A year in the spotlight
United against rising levels of hunger
In 2019, the United Nations reported that the number of people suffering from hunger rose again: 821.6 million people worldwide are starving, another two billion are suffering from malnutrition. It is possible to produce enough healthy food for everybody. But for many people, food is inaccessible or simply too expensive, so access remains unequal. In 2019, we will continue to work with all our strength, utilising a variety of concepts and the indispensable network of our supporters to advance our vision of a world without hunger.
Help for people seeking asylum
In the ninth year of the Syrian conflict, hostilities are intensifying and there is no peace in sight for the suffering and traumatised Syrian population. Since 2011, over 5.5 million people have fled, mainly to neighbouring countries. However, the majority, some 6.1 million people, are displaced within their own country, without adequate supplies. We support refugees as well as host communities within Syria, but also in Turkey and Lebanon, with vital emergency aid measures and sustainable development projects.
Providing relieve after Idai and Kenneth
In March, cyclone Idai hit the completely unprepared Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Cyclone Kenneth followed six weeks later. Immense wind speeds, rainfall and flooding caused landslides, destroyed houses, power lines, roads, bridges and crops. 1.85 million people lost their livelihoods. We provided short-term support to these people through our local structures and our partners with the most basic necessities: food, hygiene packages and building materials. In the long term, we are focusing on assisting in the reconstruction of houses and rehabilitation of agriculture, as well as on training in hygiene and disaster prevention.
Innovations to fight hunger
To meet the challenges of fighting hunger, we are continuously developing technical and social innovations, such as digital apps for smallholder farmers. An increasing number of people are using them: In Zimbabwe, for example, the smartphone app AgriShare, which enables farmers to borrow agricultural equipment based on the "shared economy" principle; or the Kurima Mari app, which provides information on weather forecasts, price developments, cultivation methods and livestock farming via videos, podcasts, manuals and infographics. We are now working on establishing similar products in Malawi and Uganda.
Prospects built on vocational training
We are opening up prospects for young people through vocational training. We were able to expand the "Skill Up!" programme, supported by Bauer Charity gGmbH and with funds from the German Ministry of Development, to eight countries in 2019. Young people are receiving practice-oriented training. As many as 4,500 young people have already been able to find work and thus improve their living conditions in the long term. The focus on young women, young entrepreneurs and future-oriented training is making a significant contribution to reducing hunger and poverty.
Land rights as a foundation for development
In Burkina Faso and Liberia, the majority of people depend on agriculture for their livelihood. But more than 40 percent fear losing access to their land. Without the protection of land rights, there can be no investment and thus no progress in the fight against hunger and toward sustainable development. With the “Land for Life” initiative, we are bringing all the key players involved in fair land rights policies to the same table. This applies to other countries as well: In 2019, for example, we were able to support a total of 250 municipal representatives from all parts of Sierra Leone in making their voices heard in the land reform process.
And yet, last year’s review is overshadowed by the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The successes in the fight against hunger threaten to be cancelled out by the fatal consequences of the coronavirus crisis, because the pandemic hits the poorest in Global South countries the hardest.
Dealing with crises is part of our daily work, but for the first time in the history of Welthungerhilfe we've had to adapt these measures to all our project countries and Germany as well.Mathias Mogge Welthungerhilfe Secretary General
“Dealing with crises is part of our daily work,” comments Mathias Mogge, Secretary General of Welthungerhilfe. “But for the first time in the history of Welthungerhilfe we've had to adapt these measures to all our project countries and Germany as well.”
It is all the more impressive and motivating that Welthungerhilfe's donors and public donors are currently thinking about people all over the world. With 56.6 million euros in donations, 2019 was another successful year for Welthungerhilfe. “Public grants increased in 2019 and we are pleased with the trust that is associated with this,” says Marlehn Thieme, President of Welthungerhilfe. “This gives all our employees worldwide the boost required. This is the only way we can achieve our goal together: to eliminate hunger by 2030.”
Support for 10.5 million people
In 2019 alone, Welthungerhilfe supported around 10.5 million people with its 499 overseas projects in 36 countries. In real terms, that means: Many people now harvest more and can therefore improve their diets. They now have clean drinking water or toilets at home, which leaves them less susceptible to illness. Others are earning or producing more and can begin an education. For the children, Welthungerhilfe's support means a chance of improved physical and mental development.
Welthungerhilfe spent a total of 249.4 million euros in 2019, 222.2 million euros of which went directly to overseas project funding. The rest went towards advertising and general public relations, project support abroad, administration fees, campaigns, education, and awareness-raising. Find additional figures and infographics on this page.
Facts and figures about Welthungerhilfe in 2019
How many people were reached in 2019?
In 2019, Welthungerhilfe was able to reach 10.5 million people in 36 countries. 7.7 million live in Africa, 2.7 million in Asia and 100,000 in South America and the Caribbean. With a share of 2.4% refugees and 9.6% people displaced within their own country (IDP), this is an important pillar of our work in crises and disasters in countries we are active in. 88% of the people supported are part of the local population.
What is the difference between directly and indirectly supported people?
Directly supported people are people directly involved in the project who receive or use goods, products or services from the project. For example: small farmers who attend training courses on cultivation techniques or receive seeds for vegetable gardens.
Indirectly supported people are people who have no direct connection to the project, but who 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 were active in 2019?
In 2019, 499 projects were active in 36 countries - of which 9 were domestic and 490 international. Further information can be found on page 44 of the Annual Report.
What is the breakdown of expenditure on projects?
89.1% of all donations received go directly into overseas projects. 4.6% are used for advertisement and general public relations, 2.4% flow into administration, 2.9% into overseas project support. 1.0% is used 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. As a rule, every donation is quadrupled - 100 euros of donations can be turned into up to 400 euros of project funds.
Who are the institutional donors of Welthungerhilfe?
In 2019, Welthungerhilfe once again received large grants from institutional donors and was thus able to expand its project funding. These donors include:
- AA (German Federal Office)
- BMZ (Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development)
- BMEL (Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture)
- DEVCO (The Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development)
- DFID (Department for International Development)
- ECHO (The European Commission Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection)
- FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization)
- GIZ (Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit)
- KfW Entwicklungsbank
- UNDP (United Nations Development Programme)
- USAID (United States Agency for International Development)
- WFP (World Food Programme of the United Nations)
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Charity: water
- Patrip Foundation
- Australian Aid
- Amhara Government
- Groupe Speciale Mobile Association
- DBU (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt)
- GCC (Grand Challenges Canada)
- OSCE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe)
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic (MFA)
- AFD (Agence Française de Développement)
- AFC Consulting Group
- BMU (Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit)
- Agenzia Italiana Per la Cooperaziones Allo Sviluppo
What is the strategy of Welthungerhilfe?
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 Welthungerhilfe can be downloaded as a publication.
To what extent is Welthungerhilfe making its work transparent?
Welthungerhilfe's work is centred 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 all donations are used 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 organisational structure and much more.
What information can be found in the management report?
As an aid organisation, private donations and contributions to Welthungerhilfe are the indispensable basis for implementing its statutory mission - the fight against hunger and poverty.
In order to ensure economically sustainable development, the Executive Board and the Board of Management of Welthungerhilfe have agreed on key figures that also enable the Board of Management to exercise targeted operational governance during the year.
The Management Report contains more detailed information on the general conditions and the economic development and performance of Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e.V.