19.06.2018 | Press Release

Welthungerhilfe presents 2017 Annual Report

War and rising refugee numbers threaten successes of development assistance.

From left to right: Head of Communications Simone Pott, President of Welthungerhilfe Bärbel Dieckmann and CEO Dr. Till Wahnbaeck at the press conference for Welthungerhilfe's Annual Report 2017 in Berlin.
From left to right: Head of Communications Simone Pott, President of Welthungerhilfe Bärbel Dieckmann and CEO Dr. Till Wahnbaeck at the press conference for Welthungerhilfe's Annual Report 2017 in Berlin. © Maurice Weiss
Simone Pott Team Communications

Bonn/Berlin, 19/06/2018 – In 2017, Welthungerhilfe's work was once again characterized by humanitarian crises and the effects of violent conflicts. Rising refugee numbers throughout the world are leaving more and more people in need of support, especially in the Global South. More than 80% of all refugees live in developing countries or emerging economies. Nonetheless, expectations are growing in Europe that development cooperation will delay this trend. “The majority of all refugees are fleeing war, violence, and persecution. Development cooperation cannot resolve these causes on its own. It must therefore not be misused as a defence against refugees. Only political solutions will ensure that people remain in their home countries”, says Bärbel Dieckmann, president of Welthungerhilfe.

In 2017, Welthungerhilfe had access to a total of EUR 263 million for the fight against hunger. This is one of the largest budgets in its history. Donation revenue amounted to EUR 63.8 million. Its institutional donors provided the second-highest grant amount for project work to date at EUR 194.4 million. The German federal government contributed 45% overall, and the largest single donation came from the World Food Programme at EUR 59 million. South Sudan, Liberia, and Syria/Turkey received the most project funding.

Current public discourse is neglecting the demonstrable successes of development cooperation. Figures in all important areas such as hunger, child mortality, and poverty have improved significantly in the past decades. “For the first time in history, humanity is in a position to end hunger. However, negative political framework conditions and climate change are placing these successes in jeopardy”, warns Dr. Till Wahnbaeck, CEO of Welthungerhilfe.

Welthungerhilfe is one of the largest private aid organisations in Germany and enjoys both political and religious independence. It is fighting for “Zero Hunger by 2030”. Since being founded in 1962, it has provided funding of EUR 3.53 billion for more than 8,900 overseas projects in 70 countries. Welthungerhilfe bases its efforts on the principle of help for self-help, which it implements with measures ranging from rapid disaster relief to rehabilitation to long-term development cooperation projects with national and international partner organisations.

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(Left to right) Simone Pott, Head of Communications, Bärbel Dieckmann, President of Welthungerhilfe, and CEO Dr. Till Wahnbaeck at the press confernce for the publication of the Annual Report 2017 in Berlin. © Maurice Weiss
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Main road in the Kutupalong Refugee Camp for Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. © Daniel Pilar/Welthungerhilfe
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Shortly after their arrival in Bangladesh, Rohingya refugees wait at the first registration centre for their official recognition as refugees. © Daniel Pilar/Welthungerhilfe
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A Rohingya woman with her child at Nayapara Registration Camp, Bangladesh. © Daniel Pilar/Welthungerhilfe
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Bothoni in South Sudan: Children are having a meal of fish. © Andy Spyra/Welthungerhilfe
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Anjula Devi is part of the Women's Federation in Jharkand, India. The group is committed to ensuring that poor villagers receive their statutory rights. © Christina Felschen/Welthungerhilfe
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Two boys from the village Sodo in Ethiopia. © Henrik Wiards/Welthungerhilfe
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Bärbel Dieckmann, President of Welthungerhilfe, and CEO Dr. Till Wahnbaeck at the press confernce for the publication of the Annual Report 2017 in Berlin. © Maurice Weiss
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CEO Dr. Till Wahnbaeck at the press confernce for the publication of the Annual Report 2017 in Berlin. © Maurice Weiss
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Annual Report 2017: Infographics for Download

This diagram shows the regional project funding of Welthungerhilfe: In 2017, Welthungerhilfe funds the most for projects in Africa. © Welthungerhilfe
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This diagram shows the annual income of Welthungerhilfe in 2017: 73.9% of 263.0 million Euros were provided by institutional grants, 20.8% by general donations, 3.5% by donations for emergency aid, 1.3% by interest and other income, 0.5% by the Welthungerhilfe Foundation. © Welthungerhilfe
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This diagram shows the expenditure of Welthungerhilfe in 2017: 89.8% of 256.3 million Euros were spent on project funding overseas, 3.7% on expenses for advertising and general public relations, 3.0% on project support overseas, 2.0% on administrative expenditure and 1.4% on campaigns, education and awareness-raising. © Welthungerhilfe
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This diagram shows the sectors of support of Welthungerhilfe in 2017: There were 410 foreign projects - 98 projects on nutrition, 80 projects on agriculture and environment and 80 more in the sector 'Other', 54 projects on civil society and empowerment, 45 projects on humanitarian aid, 31 projects on water, sanitation and hygiene and 22 on economic development. © Welthungerhilfe
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In 2017 Welthungerhilfe has reached 7.7 million people in Africa, 3.6 million people in Asia and 0.5 people in South America and in the Caribbean. © Welthungerhilfe
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Who is suffering from hunger? This diagram displays that only 20% of hungry people worldwide are living in cities, while 80% are living in the countryside. 50% of hungry people in the countryside are smallholder farmers, 20% are landless peoples and 10% are nomads, fishermen and indigenous people. © Welthungerhilfe
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