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Annual Report

WHH under the microscope: In its annual report, the organization provides an overview of its work. The report explains how work is financed and where and how donations are used.

Medlyne Shimuli with her two-year-old daughter in Kibera, a slum located in the southwestern part of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.
Medlyne Shimuli with her two-year-old daughter in Kibera, a slum located in the southwestern part of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. © Brian Inganga/Welthungerhilfe
Evelyn Langhans Team Marketing Communication

Zero hunger by 2030 – Welthungerhilfe aligns its work with this sustainable development goal. Because a life without hunger is a human right and a world without hunger is possible. In 2020, Welthungerhilfe again worked hard to get closer to this goal. The amount of funding and the number of projects increased in 2020 compared to 2019.

2020 - A Year In The Spotlight

And yet, last year’s review is overshadowed by the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the UN and international research institutes, an additional 132 million people are projected to go hungry due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures taken to contain it. 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.

Die Präsidentin der Welthungerhilfe: Marlehn Thieme

Indeed, many of our worst fears have been confirmed. The number of hungry and poor people has increased worldwide and both the World Bank and the United Nations fear in their forecasts that the development of many countries will be set back by years.

Marlehn Thieme Welthungerhilfe President

What needs to be done to mitigate the consequences of the pandemic?

"We have to adapt the financial contributions to the global needs. We will simply need more money in the coming years, whether for the expansion of health systems, crisis prevention or the development of social security systems," says Welthungerhilfe Secretary General Mathias Mogge. That is why it is all the more impressive and encouraging that Welthungerhilfe donors and public donors showed particular solidarity last year with the people who are most feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic: a total of €69.9 million in donations and €213.2 million in institutional grants were collected for Welthungerhilfe's work in 2020.

Support for 14.3 million people

In 2020 alone, Welthungerhilfe supported around 14.3 million people with its 539 projects in 35 countries. In real terms, this means that even during the COVID-19 pandemic we were able to provide rapid aid in emergency situations and implement regionally appropriate hygiene and relief concepts. Many people are now harvesting more and can therefore improve their diets. Due to having clean drinking water or toilets on site, less susceptible to illness. In addition, they can generate income and surpluses and begin an education. For the children, Welthungerhilfe's support means a chance of improved physical and mental development.

Welthungerhilfe spent a total of €273.5 million in 2020, €246.5 million of which went directly into overseas project funding. The rest went towards advertising and general public relations, project support abroad, administration expenses, campaigns, education, and awareness-raising.

Facts and figures about WHH in 2020

WHH is working worldwide toward #ZeroHunger. © Welthungerhilfe
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WHH supported 539 overseas projects across a number of different sectors in 2020. © Welthungerhilfe
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In 2020, WHH spent 273.5 million euros in total. 90.1% of this was spent on overseas project funding. © Welthungerhilfe
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In 2020, WHH's income amounted to 285.4 million euros. © Welthungerhilfe
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WHH received 213.2 million euros in institutional grants in 2020. © Welthungerhilfe
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The independent auditing company BDO AG has issued an unqualified audit certificate for the annual financial statements and management report of Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e.V.


How many people were reached in 2020?

In 2020, Welthungerhilfe was able to reach 14.3 million people in 35 countries. 9.8 million live in Africa, 4.4 million in Asia and 62,000 in South America and the Caribbean. 

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 2020?

In 2020, 548 projects were active in 35 countries – of which 9 were domestic and 539 international. Further information can be found on page 44 of the Annual Report. 

What is the breakdown of expenditure on projects?

90.1% of all donations received go directly into overseas projects. 4.1% are used for advertisement and general public relations, 2.3% flow into administration, 2.7% into overseas project support. 0.8% 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 of donations can be turned into up to €400 of project funds

Who are the institutional donors of WHH?

In 2020, WHH once again received large grants from institutional donors and was thus able to expand its project funding. These donors include:

  1. AA (German Federal Office)
  2. BMZ (Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development) 
  3. BMEL (Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture)
  4. DEVCO (The Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development)
  5. DFID (Department for International Development)
  6. ECHO (The European Commission Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection)
  7. FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization)
  8. GIZ (Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit)
  9. KfW Entwicklungsbank
  10. UNDP (United Nations Development Programme)
  11. UNICEF
  12. USAID (United States Agency for International Development)
  13. WFP (World Food Programme of the United Nations)
  14. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  15. Charity: water
  16. Patrip Foundation
  17. Australian Aid 
  18. Amhara Government
  19. LIFT
  20. OCHA 
  21. UNHCR
  22. Groupe Speciale Mobile Association
  23. DBU (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt)
  24. GCC (Grand Challenges Canada)
  25. ENABEL
  26. OSCE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe) 
  27. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic (MFA)
  28. AFD (Agence Française de Développement)
  29. AFC Consulting Group
  30. BMU (Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit)
  31. Agenzia Italiana Per la Cooperaziones Allo Sviluppo

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'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 WHH 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 WHH 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. 

Last Update 02.12.2021

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