Belgium ranks among UNHCR’s top ten donors providing multi-year funding.
Belgium remains a key donor to UNHCR. It joined the UNHCR's “20-million-plus dollar donors' club in 2016 and currently ranks among UNHCR’s top ten donors providing multi-year funding. Belgium announced $35.9 million in core unearmarked funding at UNHCR’s last pledging conference in December 2020—the equivalent to $11.9 million yearly for the period 2021-2023. Belgium’s increase in unearmarked core funding will help UNHCR to respond to unforeseen crises and to bolster underfunded operations over the next three years. As a member of UNHCR’s Advisory Committee and a founding member of the governing Executive Committee (ExCom) since 1959, Belgium’s commitment to efficiency, change and improvement of UNHCR and the humanitarian system overall, focuses on an effective humanitarian delivery to those in need. Belgium adheres to the principles of the Grand Bargain, including increasing the transparency and predictability of humanitarian aid, in line with UNHCR’s priorities.
Belgium provides stable and predictable financial support to UNHCR and is a key strategic ally in the work of humanitarian assistance and solutions. The predictability of Belgium’s contributions not only allows UNHCR to respond rapidly with life-saving assistance in new emergencies, but also ensures continuity of UNHCR’s response in protracted and underfunded situations. With more than a half of its overall contribution being unearmarked, Belgium’s funding is critical to the type of flexible response that enables UNHCR to plan effectively while responding to the needs of refugees and displaced people in new crises worldwide, including in the Great Lakes, in the Sahel and in the Middle East regions among others. Belgium is a key partner and a strong supporter of innovation in the humanitarian sector, including through its financial support in recent years to UNHCR’s Innovation Fund. Belgium also supports cash assistance as a modality for effective delivery of aid.