Belgium remains a key donor to UNHCR. Multi-year funding provides a critical lifeline in a world often filled with uncertainty, allowing for predictability in our response to those in need.
In 2020, Belgium announced €30 million in unearmarked funding at UNHCR’s pledging conference—the equivalent to €10 million yearly - for the period 2021-2023. This adds up to earmarked contributions, benefiting priority countries through financing protection activities, as well as through cash assistance. As of 2023, the UNHCR-Belgium partnership also expanded through the support to a multi-year project focusing on climate resilience in Tanzania.
As a member of UNHCR’s Advisory Committee and a founding member of the governing Executive Committee (ExCom) since 1959, one of Belgium’s priorities is the effective delivery of humanitarian aid to those in need, through a commitment to efficiency, change and improving the humanitarian system overall. Adhering to the principles of the Grand Bargain, including increasing transparency and predictability in humanitarian aid, Belgium's support aligns with UNHCR's priorities and allows us to make a greater impact.
With more than half of their contributions being unearmarked, Belgium provides a steady and flexible financial support to UNHCR, giving us predictability and having a direct impact on people forcibly displaced from their homes.