Humanitarian crises and conflicts also dominated the work of Welthungerhilfe in 2015. Providing for refugees in locations such as Syria, Turkey or South Sudan was the focus of project funding. "Global refugee movements and their consequences represent one of the greatest challenges of our decade", says Bärbel Dieckmann, president of Welthungerhilfe. "In Germany, there are large tasks to handle in the admission and integration of refugees, but the main burdens are borne by neighbouring countries. More than 80 per cent of refugees are hosted in the South.
The year 2015 showed that hunger is becoming more and more complex
"The three C's of conflicts, crises and climate have an increasing influence on our work. Thanks to the German population's high readiness to donate,we were able to rise to these challenges and provide better prospects for more than 7 million people", explains the chairman of the board, Dr. Till Wahnbaeck. For the future, Welthungerhilfe is calling for better interconnection between humanitarian assistance and long-term development cooperation, as half of all refugees are displaced for more than 10 years.
Key figures from the annual report:
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 its establishment, more than 8,500 overseas projects in 70 countries have been supported with 3.27 billion euros. Welthungerhilfe works on the basic principle of help for self-help: from rapid disaster relief to reconstruction and long-term development cooperation projects with national and international partner organisations