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20.04.2020 | Press Release

Poor Countries Need Additional Money To Fight The Coronavirus

Welthungerhilfe on the publication of new OECD figures: During the Coronavirus pandemic, ODA resources are more important than ever.

A woman in Kabul, Afghanistan
Especially for women and children, the recession triggered by the coronavirus crisis will be life-threatening. This is why developing countries now need additional ODA funds. © Asbach/Welthungerhilfe
Simone Pott Team Communications

Bonn/Berlin, 2020-04-16 Welthungerhilfe regrets to see that public funding for development cooperation has remained unchanged over the last year. The OECD published the provisional ODA rates (Official Development Assistance) for 2019 today, which calculate financial resources dedicated to development cooperation as a proportion of economic output. With a figure of 0.6 percent, Germany remains at almost the same level as in 2018. An unchanged level of ODA spending is not enough in view of the global Coronavirus crisis, as the need for assistance is increasing dramatically. 

“The Coronavirus crisis will be followed by a recession that will probably plunge 14-23 million people into poverty and hunger. A large proportion of people in developing countries are employed in the informal economy and hardly have any social security. The economic crisis is life-threatening for them, especially for women and children. Developing countries now need additional ODA resources so they can also set up a safety net. Otherwise it will be the poorest who pay most dearly. Now is the time to close the gap and meet our international obligation to pay 0.7 percent”, says Mathias Mogge, Secretary General of Welthungerhilfe. 

Mathias Mogge, Secretary General, and selected country directors (e.g. on coronavirus and locusts) are available for interviews.

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The nationwide blockade announced by the Indian government led to an unexpected, unprecedented mass exodus of day labourers from many large cities and towns to the villages. With no source of income and no cash, these people decided to walk hundreds of kilometres all the way back to their homes. They are hungry and tired, lacking sufficient food and drinkable water. Welthungerhilfe and its local partner organisations are helping the migrant workers who come through Jhansi in large numbers. A communal kitchen is being set up and daily food and hygiene packages containing soap, hand disinfectant and a mask are being distributed. © Parmarth Samaj Sevi Sansthan/Welthungerhilfe
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Hygiene programme of the Welthungerhilfe in the south of Ethiopia. The poster makes it clear, even for illiterate people, what not to do or what to do under all circumstances. © Stedtler/Welthungerhilfe
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As the global economy slides into recession as a result of the Corona crisis, this also has devastating consequences for the poorest, such as Edapul Ebei Nachuch from Kenya. The 35-year-old has 5 children, the youngest of whom is 8 months old. Here she cooks on the floor of her hut in the Turkana region of Kenya. © Welthungerhilfe
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Women wash their hands at the Tipi-Tap, a makeshift hand washing facility in Sierra Leone. Welthungerhilfe is helping to stem the spread of the coronavirus, for example by providing hygiene training. © Kai Loeffelbein/ Welthungerhilfe
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A boy stands on the harvested cornfield in Malawi. The yield has suffered greatly from the severe unnatural drought. The Coronavirus is hitting people particularly hard where there are already food shortages and hunger is widespread. © Rosenthal/Welthungerhilfe
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Mathias Mogge, Secretary General of Welthungerhilfe. © Barbara Frommann/ Welthungerhilfe
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Welthungerhilfe is one of the largest private aid organisations in Germany; politically independent and non-denominational. It is fighting for “Zero Hunger by 2030”. Since it was founded in 1962, more than 9,300 overseas projects in 70 countries have been supported with 3.71 billion euros. Welthungerhilfe works on the principle of help for self-help: from fast disaster relief to reconstruction and long-term development cooperation projects with national and international partner organisations.

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