Financials

UNHCR prepares a Biennial Programme Budget, broken down into annual budgets based on globally assessed needs. The original programme budget is presented to UNHCR’s main governing body, the Executive Committee (ExCom), prior to the start of the biennium. Needs are re-assessed during the biennium and a revised budget is presented to ExCom for approval in October of each year. The current budget may be adjusted for unforeseen needs that arise in the course of the year by means of supplementary budgets. The final budget from the previous year is presented to ExCom’s Standing Committee at its June/July meeting each year.

The trends presented below highlight the increase in needs, as well as in contributions from donors, to UNHCR’s programmes worldwide. Over the past few years, UNHCR has been hugely challenged to respond to the needs of record numbers of people forced to flee by a growing number of conflicts. By the third quarter of 2015, 33 UN appeals were only 42 per cent funded, and UNHCR’s voluntary contributions stood at just 40 per cent of its current budget for 2015, including supplementary requirements. Never before has UNHCR had to manage its programmed operations with such a high funding gap between approved budgetary requirements and funds received.

The financial information displayed on this website is subject to frequent updates and may vary from the information published in governance documents presented to the Executive Committee and its Standing Committee at their formal meetings throughout the year.

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The following table and map provide an overview of UNHCR’s budgets and expenditure for programmed activities by region and pillar. For details by subregion or operation, click on the respective links. Annual budget and expenditure details for Global Programmes and Headquarters are available in the respective Global Appeals/Reports.

2017 Global Requirements - Programmed Activities

CHOOSE A YEAR
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
Region Pillar 1
Refugee Programme
Pillar 2
Stateless Programme
Pillar 3
Reintegration Projects
Pillar 4
IDP Projects
Total
Africa Budget 2,242,043,884 19,019,820 147,299,497 248,293,432 2,656,656,633
Americas Budget 102,368,262 13,906,992 0 29,868,265 146,143,520
Asia and the Pacific Budget 392,427,532 14,690,049 98,822,675 38,967,914 544,908,170
Europe Budget 764,056,473 8,167,326 4,568,088 52,257,838 829,049,725
Middle East and North Africa Budget 1,246,434,543 1,619,162 0 806,314,992 2,054,368,697
Global Programmes and Headquarters Budget 663,116,612 0 0 0 663,116,612
Total Programmed Activities Budget 5,410,447,306 57,403,348 250,690,261 1,175,702,441 6,894,243,356

2017 Global Requirements - Programmed Activities

*Please note that the totals presented in tables and charts on this website may not add up due to rounding. All figures are displayed in USD; figures on the map are displayed in millions.

Supplementary Appeals and Interagency Response Plans

Nigeria Situation Supplementary Appeal 2 February 2017

A total of $170 million* requested for the period January ‐ December 2017, including:
         - $65 million for Nigeria
         - $38.7 million for the Cameroon
         - $14.6 million for Chad
         - $48.5 million for Niger
 

         - $216,000 for HQ & Regional Coordination

 

* All dollar signs in this document denote United States dollars. This total includes support costs (7%)

South Sudan Situation Supplementary Appeal 19 January 2017

A total of $781.8 million* requested for the period January ‐ December 2017, including:
         - $9.8 million for CAR
         - $30.3 million for the DRC
         - $157.7 million for Ethiopia
         - $40.5 million for Kenya
         - $171.7 million for South Sudan
         - $68 million for Sudan
         - $283.8 million for Uganda

         - $476,251 for HQ & Regional Coordination

 

* All dollar signs in this document denote United States dollars. This total includes support costs (7%)

Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan for Europe - 2017 23 December 2016

A total of USD 690.9 million is requested for the period January ‐ December 2017, including:

   - USD 525.9 million for Greece
   - USD 34.5 million for Turkey
   - USD 11.4 million for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
   - USD 39.2 million for Serbia
   - USD 21.2 million for other affected countries in Central and Southern Eastern Europe
   - USD 35.1 million for other affected countries in Northern, Southern and Western Europe
   - USD 23.7 million for regional activities

Read the entire Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan for Europe here.

South Sudan 2017 Regional Refugee Response Plan 23 December 2016

A total of USD  1,212.9 million requested for the period January ‐ December 2017, including:
          - USD 13.8 million for Central African Republic
          - USD 72 million for Democratic Republic of the Congo
          - USD 313.6 million for Ethiopia
          - USD 88.6 million for Kenya
          - USD 166.7 million for Sudan
          - USD 558.2 million the for Uganda

Burundi 2017 Regional Refugee Response Plan 22 December 2016

A total of USD  406 million requested for the period January ‐ December 2017, including :

          - USD 34 million for the Democratic Republic of the Congo
          - USD 83 million for Rwanda
          - USD 217 million for Tanzania
          - USD 72 million for Uganda

2006 - 2015 Ten Years of Reforms 16 December 2016

Impact of reform on UNHCR’s organizational structures and operational capacity

Responding to unsustainable trends in structural costs and financial challenges within the organization, in 2006 UNHCR embarked upon a comprehensive set of internal reform measures. This was necessary to increase the percentage of resources directly devoted to protection, assistance and solutions for people of concern and to reduce the share of funding spent on the organization itself, a basic precondition to increasing UNHCR’s efficiency and improving its delivery.

#IBelong Campaign to End Statelessness Special Appeal December 2016 14 December 2016

Statelessness is a global problem with serious ramifications. UNHCR estimates that at least 10 million people around the world are stateless. Yet, experience has shown that with sufficient political will, it can be resolved. Building on the increased awareness and commitment by States to address statelessness, in November 2014, UNHCR launched the #IBelong Campaign to End Statelessness by 2024.1 The achievement of the goals of the #IBelong Campaign is based on 10 Actions set out in the Global Action Plan (GAP) to End Statelessness.

Regional Refugee & Resilience Plan 2017-2018 in Response to the Syria Crisis 12 December 2016

A total of USD 4.7 billion requested for the period January ‐ December 2017, including :

          - USD 129.7 million for Egypt
          - USD 228.1 million for Iraq
          - USD 1.2 billion for Jordan
          - USD 2 billion for Lebanon
          - USD 890 million for
Turkey
          - USD 160.6 million for regional activities

Nigeria 2017 Regional Refugee Response Plan 12 December 2016

A total of USD  241.2 million requested for the period January ‐ December 2017, including :

          - USD 67.3 million for Cameroon
          - USD 19.6 million for Chad
          - USD 154.3 million for Niger

Repatriation of Afghan Refugees from Pakistan Revised Supplementary Appeal 28 October 2016

UNHCR is urgently appealing for $140.7 million* in financial requirements until the end of the year to support the repatriation of Afghans from Pakistan. Taking into account $40.5 million re-prioritized from within the existing budgets, this brings total requrements for this revised supplementary appeal to $181.2 million 

         - $130 million for Afghanistan
         - $10.7 million for Pakistan

* All dollar signs in this document denote United States dollars. This total includes 7% support costs.

Multi-Year Pilots Promoting Solutions 2016-2019 28 September 2016

In 2015, UNHCR launched multi-year, multi-partner planning pilots in six operations—Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ghana, Senegal, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania—to test new approaches to the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of UNHCR country programmes. The aim is to provide tools for UNHCR to develop more innovative long-term programmes with partners, which are complementary to ongoing development efforts and enable UNHCR to be a more predictable partner.

Scale-Up Response Plan for Northeast Nigeria Supplementary Appeal 20 September 2016

USD 40 million* in financial requirements for Nigeria for the period August ‐ December 2016, including 12.3 million in additional requirements for August - December 2016 in Nigeria**:

         - USD 3.6 million for Coordination/partnership
         - USD 0.8 million for Self-reliance
         - USD 8 million for Security from violence/exploitation
         - USD 6.9 million for Protection
         
- USD 16.3 million for Basic needs/services
         - USD 3.5 million for Logistics/operational support
         - USD 0.06 million for HQ/regional coordination

 

* These totals include 7% support costs for additional requirements
** All dollar signs in this document denote United States dollars

Repatriation of Afghan Refugees from Pakistan Supplementary Appeal 20 September 2016

$USD 104.7 million* in financial requirements is needed until the end of the year to support the repatriation of Afghans from Pakistan, including $64.2 million in supplementary requirements ($53.5 for Afghanistan and $10.7 for Pakistan, including support costs):

         - USD 94 million for Afghanistan
         - USD 10.7 million for Pakistan

* All dollar signs in this document denote United States dollars. This total includes 7% support costs.

Emerging Resettlement Countries Joint Support Mechanism (ERCM) 7 September 2016

In light of the recent and rapid expansion in the number of emerging resettlement countries willing to develop resettlement programmes, a need has been identified to set up a platform specifically designed to facilitate and channel in a strategic and coordinated manner, the support needed by new and emerging resettlement countries to start these programmes.

Education for Refugees - Priority Activities and Requirements 16 August 2016

Focusing on 16 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East – which collectively host 2.1 million refugee children of school-age (5-17 years), an estimated 57 per cent of whom are out of school – this document highlights targeted activities and requirements that could enable tens of thousands of refugee children to enrol in school during the upcoming academic year. These activities also seek to support retention of currently enrolled students; redress classroom over-crowding and a lack of qualified teachers; provide critical learning materials; and generally contribute to a safe and protective learning environment for all students.

Refugee Emergency Response in Europe Supplementary Appeal 10 August 2016

Throughout 2015, increasing numbers of people risked their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea in search of safety and protection in Europe. By early January 2016, more than 1 million refugees and migrants had crossed the Mediterranean, including more than 850,000 who arrived in Greece from Turkey. From January to July 2016 some 260,000 people had arrived in Southern Europe. The majority originate from countries affected by conflict, with 48 per cent of those who arrived in Greece originating from the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria), 25 per cent from Afghanistan, and 15 per cent from Iraq.

Burundi 2016 Regional Refugee Response Plan 8 August 2016

A total of USD  323,9 million requested for the period January ‐ December 2016, including :

          - USD 25 million for the Democratic Republic of the Congo
          - USD 95,2 million for Rwanda
          - USD 176,6 million for Tanzania
          - USD 27,1 million for Uganda

Somalia Situation Supplementary Appeal 26 July 2016

A total of USD 484.8 million* in financial requirements is requested for the period January ‐ December 2016, including 115.4 million* in additional requirements for July - December 2016 in Kenya and Somalia:

         - USD 20 million for Djibouti**
         - USD 71.3 million for Ethiopia**
         - USD 236.9 million for Kenya
         - USD 148.8 million for Somalia

* These totals include regional activities and support costs (7%) for additional requirements.
** No additional requirements are requested in response to the Somalia Situation in Djibouti and Ethiopia.

Burundi Situation Revised Supplementary Appeal 19 July 2016

A total of USD  180.6 million* requested for the period January ‐ December 2016, including:
          - USD 15.5 million for Burundi
          - USD 8.1 million for the DRC
          - USD 60 million for Rwanda
          
- USD 70 million for Tanzania
          
- USD 14.3 million for Uganda
          
- USD 0.25 million for Zambia 

* This total includes regional activities and support costs (7%) 

South Sudan 2016 Revised Regional Refugee Response Plan 18 July 2016

A total of USD  701,6 million requested for the period January ‐ December 2016, including :           - USD 9,3 million for Central African Republic
          - USD 14,8 million for Democratic Republic of the Congo
          - USD 276,4 million for Ethiopia
          - USD 49,5 million for Kenya
          - USD 157,9 million for Sudan
          - USD 193,7 million the for Uganda

Building Resilience and Solutions for Afghan refugees in South-West Asia 29 June 2016

While early last year there was a sense of optimism about the situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the country has reverted back to a humanitarian emergency, combined with dire socioeconomic conditions. Since mid-2015, a series of political, security and economic developments in Afghanistan have affected its people and forced large numbers out of their homes with, in the last year and a half, over 500,000 people newly displaced within the country. There are now some 1.2 million internally displaced people in Afghanistan. Today, Afghans constitute the second largest group of new arrivals in Europe.

Northern Triangle of Central America Situation Supplementary Appeal 24 June 2016

A total of USD 23.7 million* in financial requirements for the Northern Triangle of Central America (NTCA) situation, including USD 18.1 million in additional requirements, for the period January - December 2016:
 
          - USD 10.5 million for Mexico
          - USD 10 million for the Panama Regional Office
          - USD 1.3 million for Costa Rica
          - USD 1.6 million for Belize
          - USD 0.3 million for regional activities
 
* This total includes support costs (7 per cent).
 

Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan for Europe - 2016 9 June 2016

A total of USD  669.9 million is requested for the period January ‐ December 2016, including :

          - USD 466.8 million for Greece
          - USD 73.9 million for Turkey
          - USD 26 million for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
          - USD 20.7 million for Serbia
          - USD 7.4 million for Croatia
          - USD 6.9 million for Slovenia
          - USD 67.9 million for regional activities

Read the revised Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan for Europe here.

Resettlement and Pathways Supplementary Appeal 12 February 2016

In order to scale up resettlement and solutions initiatives, UNHCR has established a supplementary budget totalling USD 39.2 million in additional requirements in 2016, including support costs.

Read the entire Supplementary Appeal here.

Yemen Situation Supplementary Appeal 2 February 2016

A total of USD 172.2 million* in financial requirements for the Yemen Situation, including USD 115.5 million in additional requirements, for the period January - December 2016:
 
          - USD 12.8 million for Djibouti
          - USD 10.4 million for Ethiopia
          - USD 18.3 million for Somalia
          - USD 1.4 million for Sudan
          - USD 126 million for Yemen
          - USD 3.2 million for regional and global activities
 
* This total includes support costs (7%).
 

Regional Refugee & Resilience Plan 2016-2017 in Response to the Syria Crisis 18 December 2015

A total of USD 4,55 billion requested for the period January ‐ December 2016, including :

          - USD 146,6 million for Egypt
          - USD 298,3 million for Iraq
          - USD 1,1 billion for Jordan
          - USD 1,7 billion for Lebanon
          - USD 806,9 million for
Turkey
          - USD 435,5 million for regional activities

Central African Republic Regional Refugee Response Plan 18 December 2015

A total of USD  345,7 million requested for the period January ‐ December 2016, including :

          - USD 130,8 million for Cameroon
          - USD 89,8 million for Chad
          - USD 96,8 million for the Democratic Republic of the Congo
          - USD 28,3 million the for the Republic of the Congo

Nigeria Situation Regional Refugee Response Plan 18 December 2015

A total of USD  198,8 million requested for the period January ‐ December 2016, including :

          - USD 56,4 million for Cameroon
          - USD 30,3 million for Chad
          - USD 112,1 million for Niger

Yemen Situation Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan 16 December 2015

A total of USD 94,1 million is requested for the period January - December 2016, including 

          - USD 39.3 million for Somalia
          - USD 29 million for Djibouti
          - USD 20 million for Ethiopia
          - USD 4,3 million for Sudan

 

The results of the Pledging Conference for UNHCR's 2017 programmes are available here. To view recent trends at Pledging Conferences in terms of financial pledges made, click here. In order to better illustrate the importance of unrestricted funding, UNHCR is also pleased to share the following document on UNHCR’s use of unearmarked funding in 2015.

Donor Profiles

The above chart shows the respective share of contributions by UNHCR’s main donors over the last five years. Detailed information on donors’ contributions is available in this section, including individual donor profiles and rankings of governmental donors.