United States of America

A lady carrying her son
Democratic Republic of the Congo. In Masisi, UNHCR empowers women to become leaders in their communities. Being a member of a grassroots initiative that helps to empower women - SOFEM - Lumi Baeri, is able to be more independent financially.
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As UNHCR's most generous government partner, funding from the United States makes a life-saving impact on the lives of forcibly displaced and stateless people around the world.


For over 70 years, the U.S. has remained a steadfast and robust ally of UNHCR, serving as a member of our Advisory Committee since 1951 and a founding member of the governing Executive Committee since 1959.

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With vital contributions that enable UNHCR to realize its mandate to protect, assist, and seek solutions for refugees and displaced persons through programs such as child protection, resettlement, livelihoods support, education, cash assistance, and statelessness prevention, the U.S. are an unwavering champion of solidarity toward those who are most in needs.

In particular, their long-standing support for the Safe from the Start initiative has been instrumental in addressing the needs of women and girls at risk of gender-based violence (GBV) from the onset of a humanitarian emergency

UNHCR and the United States share a common vision for upholding accountability to affected populations, ensuring integrity and oversight in humanitarian responses, and implementing the Grand Bargain and UN reforms.

In 2022, the United States contributed a total of $2.19 billion with $293 million in flexible funding. Flexible funding from the United States reaches nearly every corner of UNHCR’s work, allowing us to respond quickly in emergencies, continue supporting protracted crises, and maintain protection-related activities in neglected conflicts. In 2023, the United States will chair the MIRPS Support Platform, coordinating assistance and raising awareness and solidarity with participating countries to address forced displacement in Central America. In the lead up to the Global Refugee Forum in December 2023, the U.S. will redouble efforts to promote solutions and inclusion, foster innovative partnerships, and lead by example in implementing pledges that lead to improved outcomes for people forced to flee and stateless people.

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Total contributions in 2024 to date