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Annual Report

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

Eine Frau in Somaliland steht vor ihrem Zelt, 2020.
Ilhan's family now lives from growing fruit and vegetables. Weather extremes left the former shepherd family in the Awdal region of northwest Somaliland no choice but to settle down. © Wuchenauer/Welthungerhilfe

This page refers to our Annual Report 2019. The English Annual Report 2020 will published here in August 2021. Until then you can find the German version of the Annual Report 2020 here.

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 2019, Welthungerhilfe again worked hard to get 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

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.

Mathias Mogge, Secretary General of Welthungerhilfe

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 worldwide

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

Welthungerhilfe is working worldwide toward #ZeroHunger © Welthungerhilfe
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Welthungerhilfe supported 499 overseas projects across a number of different sectors in 2019 © Welthungerhilfe
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In 2019, Welthungerhilfe spent 249.4 million euros in total. 89.1% of this was spent on overseas project funding © Welthungerhilfe
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In 2019, Welthungerhilfe's income amounted to 249.7 million euros © Welthungerhilfe
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Welthungerhilfe received 189.5 million euros in institutional grants in 2019 © Welthungerhilfe
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How many people were reached 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 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:

  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 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. 

Last Update 29.06.2021

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