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UNHCR relies almost entirely on voluntary contributions from governments, inter-governmental institutions, individuals, foundations and corporations. UNHCR works throughout the year to raise funds for its programmes and to address new emergencies as they occur.

It is important that the UN refugee agency receives generous and flexible contributions. These allow it to direct funds where they are most needed to provide protection, shelter, water, health, education and other essentials to the millions of people of concern to UNHCR, including refugees, asylum-seekers and stateless and internally displaced people around the world.

In 2010, UNHCR introduced its first global needs-based budget that reflects comprehensive assessments in all countries where it operates. Total requirements for 2012 are US$3.59 billion, with the largest programmes in Iraq, Pakistan and the Sudan. It is UNHCR's largest ever budget.

At the agency's annual pledging conference in December 2011, donors pledged US$482.4 million in initial funding. Additional funds are expected during the year.



Total contributions to UNHCR in 2012 (USD)

Donor Contributions JPOs Total [1]
Grand Total 2,261,544,455 9,968,686 2,271,513,142
Note: Includes indirect support costs that are recovered from contributions to Pillars 3 and 4, supplementary budgets and the "New or additional activities - mandate-related" (NAM) Reserve and excludes the UN Regular Budget
1. Includes contribution towards the Common Humanitarian Pipeline of USD 16,080,069
2. Contribution from central government: USD 8,773,785; contribution from other public sources channelled through España con ACNUR: USD 6,143,124
3. Funded by Governments of Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and 66 other donors. For details of all donors click the CERF hyperlink: http://cerf.un.org
4. Funded by Governments of Australia, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom
5. Funded by Governments of the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom.
6. Funded by Governments of Australia, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
7. Funded by Governments of Canada, Denmark, Germany, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and 14 other donors. For details of donors click the UNPBF hyperlink: http://www.unpbf.org/index.shtml
8. Funded by Governments of Australia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom
9. Funded by Governments of Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
10. Funded by Government of Belgium
11. USD 800,000 received in 2012 for a total pledge of USD 1,000,000 from Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammad Al Qasimi, wife of the Ruler of Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs.
Governments and the European Union
United States of America 791,120,742 2,350,000 793,470,742
Japan 184,840,510 539,476 185,379,986
European Union 166,944,814 0 166,944,814
Sweden 117,915,465 385,782 118,301,246
Netherlands 102,169,590 1,263,261 103,432,851
United Kingdom 99,585,966 0 99,585,966
Norway 83,994,687 868,256 84,862,943
Germany 68,200,819 1,061,627 69,262,446
Canada 64,989,067 0 64,989,067
Denmark 57,646,744 492,809 58,139,553
Australia 48,379,940 264,533 48,644,473
Switzerland 37,340,180 207,279 37,547,459
Finland 23,805,751 522,412 24,328,164
France 22,491,363 768,576 23,259,939
Belgium 16,850,476 0 16,850,476
Spain [2] 13,979,819 937,090 14,916,910
Saudi Arabia 13,698,670 0 13,698,670
Italy 12,827,585 0 12,827,585
Ireland 12,090,556 0 12,090,556
Luxembourg 10,415,584 99,424 10,515,008
New Zealand 6,024,688 0 6,024,688
Republic of Korea 4,936,587 208,161 5,144,748
Brazil 3,635,936 0 3,635,936
Kuwait 3,606,762 0 3,606,762
Austria 2,593,834 0 2,593,834
Russian Federation 2,542,110 0 2,542,110
Hungary 2,172,522 0 2,172,522
United Arab Emirates 1,698,602 0 1,698,602
Greece 1,436,911 0 1,436,911
Morocco 1,278,534 0 1,278,534
Colombia 1,000,000 0 1,000,000
Poland 694,879 0 694,879
Turkey 500,000 0 500,000
China 474,630 0 474,630
Czech Republic 337,052 0 337,052
Liechtenstein 326,236 0 326,236
Portugal 300,000 0 300,000
South Africa 275,005 0 275,005
Monaco 252,294 0 252,294
Romania 236,847 0 236,847
Argentina 226,000 0 226,000
Estonia 191,304 0 191,304
Viet Nam 180,000 0 180,000
Kazakhstan 169,236 0 169,236
Bulgaria 141,792 0 141,792
Croatia 137,056 0 137,056
Ukraine 125,000 0 125,000
Slovenia 115,282 0 115,282
Botswana 113,288 0 113,288
Côte d'Ivoire 102,178 0 102,178
Algeria 100,000 0 100,000
Chile 100,000 0 100,000
Israel 100,000 0 100,000
Philippines 100,000 0 100,000
Qatar 100,000 0 100,000
Serbia 100,000 0 100,000
Armenia 98,712 0 98,712
Namibia 88,399 0 88,399
Turkmenistan 81,792 0 81,792
Kyrgyzstan 67,014 0 67,014
Slovak Republic 64,019 0 64,019
Nigeria 63,735 0 63,735
Azerbaijan 55,478 0 55,478
Iceland 51,000 0 51,000
Indonesia 50,000 0 50,000
Malta 43,605 0 43,605
Andorra 31,852 0 31,852
Mexico 25,000 0 25,000
Holy See 20,000 0 20,000
Thailand 20,000 0 20,000
Lithuania 17,986 0 17,986
Costa Rica 15,385 0 15,385
Latvia 13,333 0 13,333
Cyprus 13,011 0 13,011
Singapore 10,000 0 10,000
Afghanistan 1,000 0 1,000
Subtotal 1,986,544,212 9,968,686 1,996,512,899
Intergovernmental bodies
World Bank 18,695,340 0 18,695,340
Economic Community of West African States 3,326,100 0 3,326,100
Council of Europe Development Bank 470,668 0 470,668
African Union 400,000 0 400,000
Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Development Organizations 357,833 0 357,833
OPEC Fund for International Development 160,792 0 160,792
International Organization for Migration 132,185 0 132,185
Subtotal 23,542,919 0 23,542,919
UN funds
Central Emergency Response Fund [3] 70,023,500 0 70,023,500
Common Humanitarian Fund for South Sudan [4] 10,430,326 0 10,430,326
United Nations World Food Programme 9,266,261 0 9,266,261
United Nations Delivering as One [5] 6,775,725 0 6,775,725
Common Humanitarian Fund for Sudan [6] 5,209,361 0 5,209,361
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS 4,900,000 0 4,900,000
United Nations Peacebuilding Fund [7] 3,394,414 0 3,394,414
Common Humanitarian Fund for Somalia [8] 3,205,801 0 3,205,801
United Nations Development Programme 2,115,240 0 2,115,240
Democratic Republic of the Congo Pooled Fund [9] 2,114,424 0 2,114,424
Stabilization and Recovery Funding Facility in Eastern DRC [10] 1,215,000 0 1,215,000
United Nations Population Fund 681,331 0 681,331
United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security 678,321 0 678,321
United Nations Ethiopia Humanitarian Response Fund 639,712 0 639,712
United Nations Emergency Relief Fund 596,792 0 596,792
Food and Agriculture Organization 100,000 0 100,000
Subtotal 121,346,208 0 121,346,208
Private donors
España con ACNUR 22,077,956 0 22,077,956
IKEA Foundation 20,484,302 0 20,484,302
Australia for UNHCR 14,230,310 0 14,230,310
Private donors in Italy 13,635,994 0 13,635,994
Japan Association for UNHCR 12,347,346 0 12,347,346
Educate A Child Programme 6,240,000 0 6,240,000
Deutsche Stiftung für UNO-Flüchtlingshilfe 4,879,196 0 4,879,196
USA for UNHCR 4,415,672 0 4,415,672
Private donors in China (Hong Kong SAR) 3,927,743 0 3,927,743
Private donors in Thailand 3,691,828 0 3,691,828
Dutch Postcode Lottery 3,380,087 0 3,380,087
Private donors in the Republic of Korea 2,629,245 0 2,629,245
Care and Aid Foundation 2,017,751 0 2,017,751
Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (UNIQLO) 1,779,237 0 1,779,237
Private donors in Switzerland 1,692,039 0 1,692,039
Norwegian Refugee Council 1,628,000 0 1,628,000
United Nations Fund for International Partnerships 1,564,450 0 1,564,450
Swedish Postcode Lottery 1,364,670 0 1,364,670
Private donors in Canada 1,280,644 0 1,280,644
Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Bin Sultan Al Qassimi [11] 800,000 0 800,000
Morneau Shepell 536,167 0 536,167
Novartis Foundation 485,858 0 485,858
Said Foundation 355,864 0 355,864
Qatar Charity 322,986 0 322,986
International Olympic Committee 315,751 0 315,751
Private donors in Sweden 305,766 0 305,766
RedR 285,000 0 285,000
Private donors in Greece 273,255 0 273,255
United Nations Foundation 270,479 0 270,479
Microsoft 250,000 0 250,000
Prosolidar Foundation 224,755 0 224,755
AC Milan 194,805 0 194,805
Banco Espirito Santo Angola 190,000 0 190,000
World Assembly of Muslim Youth 186,667 0 186,667
Band Aid 160,514 0 160,514
Consiglio Italiano per i Rifugiati 152,255 0 152,255
TOMS Shoes 142,605 0 142,605
Danish Refugee Council 121,500 0 121,500
Private donors in Portugal 120,512 0 120,512
Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund 108,466 0 108,466
Private donors in Japan 98,660 0 98,660
Private donors in the United Kingdom 97,871 0 97,871
Charities Aid Foundation 96,397 0 96,397
Private donors in the United States of America 75,722 0 75,722
ShelterBox 68,656 0 68,656
Bouamatou Foundation 59,576 0 59,576
Fuji Optical 59,007 0 59,007
CESVI 58,114 0 58,114
Turing Foundation 51,480 0 51,480
One Billion Strong 50,000 0 50,000
Private donors in Benin 49,779 0 49,779
Vluchteling Foundation 48,886 0 48,886
Center for International Migration and Integration 47,598 0 47,598
Divac Foundation 39,835 0 39,835
Hewlett-Packard 34,438 0 34,438
Redes Energeticas Nacionais 31,056 0 31,056
Private donors in Saudi Arabia 20,660 0 20,660
Other Private Donors 53,709 0 53,709
Subtotal 130,111,116 0 130,111,116

Unrestricted voluntary contributions to UNHCR in 2012 (USD)

Donor USD
Total 457,207,686
1. The contribution from Luxembourg of USD 2,000,000 was recorded for Headquarters as regionally earmarked but was later confirmed to be for any of UNHCR’s activities planned in the Global Appeal 2012-2013.
Sweden 81,464,332
Netherlands 49,803,408
Norway 49,471,170
United Kingdom 46,402,802
Denmark 28,689,259
Japan 22,441,243
Australia 18,036,072
Switzerland 15,195,006
France 14,000,000
Canada 13,930,348
Belgium 12,870,013
Germany 10,133,333
Finland 9,333,333
Ireland 8,100,930
New Zealand 5,016,722
Republic of Korea 2,800,000
Kuwait 2,000,000
Luxembourg [1] 2,000,000
Morocco 1,000,000
Saudi Arabia 1,000,000
Austria 790,885
Russian Federation 500,000
China 350,000
Portugal 300,000
Turkey 200,000
United Arab Emirates 200,000
Hungary 199,357
South Africa 190,186
Romania 129,534
Liechtenstein 110,254
Algeria 100,000
Argentina 100,000
Chile 100,000
Israel 100,000
Philippines 100,000
Qatar 100,000
Estonia 54,870
Indonesia 50,000
Azerbaijan 30,000
Mexico 25,000
Thailand 20,000
Costa Rica 15,385
Latvia 13,333
Slovak Republic 13,333
Cyprus 13,011
Andorra 12,422
Serbia 10,000
Singapore 10,000
Bulgaria 9,000
Holy See 5,000
Afghanistan 1,000
Private donors 59,667,143

Corporate and foundation donations to UNHCR in 2012 (over 100,000 USD, cash or in-kind)

Donor Amount in USD
Total 46,816,204
1. Contributions of USD 1,779,237 to UNHCR and USD 391,280 through Japan Association for UNHCR
2. Contributions through USA for UNHCR
3. USD 800,000 received in 2012 for a total pledge of USD 1,000,000 from Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammad Al Qasimi, wife of the Ruler of Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs
4. Contributions through España con ACNUR
5. Contributions through USA for UNHCR
6. Contributions through USA for UNHCR
7. Contributions of USD 59,007 to UNHCR and USD 100,000 through Japan Association for UNHCR
8. Contributions through USA for UNHCR
9. Contributions through España con ACNUR
IKEA Foundation 20,484,302
Educate A Child Programme 6,240,000
Dutch Postcode Lottery 3,380,087
Care and Aid Foundation 2,017,751
Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (UNIQLO) [1] 2,170,517
Norwegian Refugee Council 1,628,000
United Nations Fund for International Partnerships 1,564,450
Swedish Postcode Lottery 1,364,670
Islamic Relief USA [2] 1,000,000
Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Bin Sultan Al Qassimi [3] 800,000
Intervida [4] 662,252
Silicon Valley Community Foundation [5] 500,000
Morneau Shepell 536,167
Novartis Foundation 485,858
Said Foundation 355,864
Qatar Charity 322,986
International Olympic Committee 315,751
UPS [6] 300,000
RedR 285,000
United Nations Foundation 270,479
Microsoft 250,000
Prosolidar Foundation 224,755
AC Milan 194,805
Banco Espirito Santo Angola 190,000
World Assembly of Muslim Youth 186,667
Band Aid 160,514
Fuji Optical [7] 159,007
Consiglio Italiano per i Rifugiati 152,255
TOMS Shoes 142,605
Danish Refugee Council 121,500
Jolie-Pitt Foundation [8] 118,000
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) [9] 123,499
Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund 108,466

Source: UNHCR Global Report 2012

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Latest Contributions to UNHCR

  • Govt of USA USD 7,400,000
  • European Union (ECHO)EUR 1,000,000
  • CERF RR Chad USD 1,056,090
  • CERF RR Niger USD 1,227,257
  • Govt of Switzerland CHF 4,260,000
  • Govt of Chile USD 100,000
  • European Union (ECHO)EUR 2,800,000
  • CERF RR IraqUSD 1,249,990
  • European Union (ECHO)EUR 5,500,000
  • Govt of Switzerland USD 11,600
  • Common Humanitarian Fund USD 91,523
  • Govt of United KingdomGBP 2,000,000
  • Govt of USA USD 1,907,486
  • African UnionUSD 200,000
  • Govt of SpainEUR 3,104,776
  • Govt of EstoniaEUR 75,000
  • Govt of IrelandEUR 200,000
  • Govt of JapanUSD 1,831,033
  • Govt of LuxembourgEUR 2,300,000
  • Govt of NorwayNOK 20,000,000
  • Govt of AustraliaAUD 3,200,000
  • IGAD USD 2,500,000
  • Govt of IrelandEUR 7,300
  • Govt of USA USD 80,945,000
  • Govt of AustraliaAUD 4,000,000
  • Govt of United KingdomGBP 1,000,000
  • European Union (ECHO)EUR 5,000,000
  • Govt of IrelandEUR 2,200
  • Govt of United KingdomGBP 2,000,000
  • Govt of Switzerland USD 50,000
  • Govt of Italy EUR 166,373
  • European Union (ECHO)EUR 1,000,000
  • Trust Fund for International Cooperation for Development USD 93,774
  • Govt of SwedenSEK 138,500,000
  • European Union (ECHO)EUR 3,000,000
  • Govt of RomaniaUSD 80,000
  • Govt of Switzerland CHF 200,000
  • WFP Jordan USD 82,160
  • UNAIDS Colombia USD 99,812
  • Govt of USA USD 1,984,463
  • Govt of Greece EUR 50,000
  • Govt of USA USD 34,200,000
  • Govt of GermanyEUR 10,000,000
  • Common Humanitarian Fund USD 1,094,260
  • Common Humanitarian Fund USD 342,239
  • Govt of AustraliaAUD 2,800,000
  • Govt of USA USD 226,938
  • Govt of Czech Republic CZK 3,000,000
  • Govt of Japan USD 4,500,000
  • European Union (ECHO)EUR 1,000,000
  • Global Fund EUR 23,596
  • European Union (ECHO)EUR 1,000,000
  • Govt of IrelandEUR 7,100,000
  • European Union (ECHO)EUR 2,000,000
  • European Union EUR 1,000,000
  • UNICEF EUR 198,845
  • Govt of CanadaCAD 1,000,000
  • CERF RR RoCUSD 256,816
  • Govt of Argentina USD 200,000
  • Govt of Finland EUR 9,000,000
  • Govt of USA USD 441,100,000
  • Holy SeeUSD 20,000
  • CERF CongoUSD 181,951
  • European Union (ECHO)EUR 1,600,000
  • Govt of United KingdomGBP 6,000,000
  • CERF Colombia USD 435,001
  • Govt of Italy EUR 200,000
  • CERF Yemen USD 666,664
  • CERF Sudan USD 242,239
  • Govt of France EUR 773,507
  • España con ACNUR EUR 1,997,119
  • UNDP USD 6,711
  • Govt of Italy EUR 1,000,000
  • UNOPS USD 1,996,724
  • CERF Djibouti USD 400,229
  • CERF Sudan USD 2,557,243
  • CERF Mali USD 1,608,025
  • CERF Cameroon USD 1,199,995
  • CERF Burundi USD 279,517
  • Govt of CanadaCAD 30,000,000
  • Govt of Republic of Korea USD 400,000
  • European Union (DG ECHO)EUR 500,000
  • Govt of CanadaCAD 18,700,000

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Top Donors

2014: Top 10 government donors *
Donor USD
* As at 2 July 2014

Source: 2014 Contributions to UNHCR Programmes

USA 917,222,709
European Union 195,566,372
United Kingdom 137,723,248
Japan 133,079,059
Sweden 117,154,063
Kuwait 101,303,381
Norway 79,863,763
Canada 69,248,722
Denmark 68,929,534
Germany 63,935,124