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
Dignity And Better Health
A touching story reached us from Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, where Ferozul Amin, one of the Rohingya people who fled from Myanmar, lives in Camp Jadimura under the most difficult circumstances. Ferozul volunteers with the waste management program started here by Welthungerhilfe. Camp residents used to suffer from diseases and diarrhea, but now incidences have fallen significantly due to the waste removal system and training in aspects of health and hygiene. Ferozul appreciates having a meaningful task that helps improve the living conditions of the people he meets every day.
Giving No Quarter To The Coronavirus
In February, immediately before lockdowns began in many countries, we worked with our international partner WASH United to develop a comic strip and a video for children to understand why such drastic steps were necessary. It quickly became clear that children and young people were particularly badly affected by the constraints created by the pandemic. Four protagonists of different nationalities show young readers how to protect themselves and those around them from the coronavirus. The comic was translated into 20 languages and can be used for non-commercial purposes without restriction.
Fighting Stigmas And Taboos
Menstruation during the coronavirus crisis: On May 28, Menstrual Hygiene Day addressed this topic, using an online format that reached 411 million people throughout the world. Welthungerhilfe supported this global action day that WASH United had started. In our projects, we work to ensure that girls and women do not have to suffer any disadvantage due to menstruation and that hygiene products are accessible and affordable for everyone. Celebrities, social networks, and the media brought this topic into the public eye. The actor Gesine Cukrowski, for example, reported on Welthungerhilfe’s EVA project in Uganda, which includes support for the distribution of menstrual cups.
The Power Of Change
In October, Ramvati Adivasi received a Game Changer award. With these awards, Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) honored women whose initiatives for sustainable agriculture have improved livelihoods in their communities. Ramvati Adivasi originally learned how to make a vegetable garden through one of our projects in the Indian province of Madhya Pradesh. Today, she shares her expertise with the people around her, whether by counseling mothers on child nutrition, promoting the use of local water filters, or encouraging families to adopt new cultivation methods. We are thrilled at this recognition of her efforts!
Prioritizing Climate Protection
Climate change is already exacerbating hunger worldwide, especially in the countries of the Global South. We work with the people who are directly affected, but this issue also requires our attention in Germany. We lend our support to activism for climate protection and justice, particularly when undertaken by young people—the decision makers of tomorrow. We are not alone in this, having joined 13 partners from eleven other European countries to launch the 1Planet4All campaign in early 2020, with partial funding from the EU. The three-year-long campaign focuses on using digital communication channels to raise awareness among young people and galvanize them to advocate for climate protection.
Making Connections At The Africa Digital Forum
Civil society as a driver for change—that was the motto of the symposium held by VENRO, the German umbrella organization for development aid, of which Welthungerhilfe is also a member. On October 16, 2020, 400 participants joined a discussion with people like Jutta Urpilainen, the EU commissioner for international partnerships. Abu Brima, the director of the Network Movement for Justice and Development, a Welthungerhilfe partner organization in Sierra Leone, advocated for civil society to play a role in the joint strategies of the European Union and the African Union. Virtual spaces have opened up completely new possibilities in this regard.
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.
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
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:
- 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 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.