The Netherlands is one of UNHCR’s most reliable partners in refugee protection and humanitarian assistance, providing invaluable financial, political, humanitarian and policy support around the world.
The Netherlands is UNHCR’s fourth largest government contributor of unearmarked funds, and the seventh largest government donor overall. Its contribution is vital to UNHCR in assisting refugees, IDPs and others in need. The Netherlands is a leading actor in humanitarian policy fora on issues related to transparency and accountability, and the humanitarian-development nexus among others.
As UNHCR’s fourth largest government contributor of unearmarked funding in 2020, the Netherlands plays an instrumental role in helping UNHCR to respond where the needs of refugees and other displaced people are the greatest. This includes allowing UNHCR to kick-start emergency responses, and fully respond to situations of protracted and neglected conflicts. The Netherlands’ support includes specific humanitarian assistance for vulnerable people, including women and girls, and aims to support the resilience of those who are forced to flee. The Netherlands and UNHCR are both strongly committed to the prevention of and response to gender-based violence, as well as a zero-tolerance approach to sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. The Netherlands strongly supports the Global Compact on Refugees, establishing the Prospects Partnership, which is aimed at bringing development actors closer to the humanitarian response to displacement crises.