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Global Report 2023

Funding UNHCR's programmes

UNHCR relies on the generosity of its donors for its work. Unfortunately, donor budgets have become increasingly stretched just as the global needs are reaching new heights.

In this section, you will find detailed information on UNHCR's budget, funding and expenditure in 2023.


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Relief items kits are distributed to newly arrived Sudanese refugees at the Madjigilta site in Chad's Ouaddaï region, on the border with Sudan. The kits include a plastic bucket, soap and a jerry can. © UNHCR/Colin Delfosse
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UNHCR’s final 2023 budget was $10.929 billion, having increased from the original 2023 budget of $10.211 billion. Financial requirements for programmed activities amounted to $10.463 billion, which was $188 million or almost 2% higher than the $10.275 billion required in 2022.

Five supplementary budgets totalling $817.5 million were added during the year: $250 million for the Ukraine situation; $201.3 million for the response to the earthquake in Türkiye and the Syrian Arab Republic; $268.7 million for the Sudan situation; $55.8 million for the Pakistan situation; and $41.7 million for the Somalia situation.

There was also a budget reduction of $100 million in Iraq, reflecting the alignment of the UNHCR programme with the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework and an increased focus on inclusion in development interventions and national planning. To the extent of funds available, UNHCR intends to continue its support in Iraq towards strengthening the capacities of public institutions to deliver relevant services.

In 2023, expenditure decreased by 7.9% to $5.166 billion, leading to an implementation rate (expenditure over total funds available) of 90.4%, compared to 91% in 2022.

Funds available reached $5.716 billion leaving an overall funding gap – funds available compared to the needs-based budget of $10.929 billion – of 47.7%, compared to 42.3% in 2022.

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In 2023, the number of forcibly displaced and stateless people rose to record highs, an unfortunate symptom of a world in turmoil marked by war, displacement, human rights violations, coups and natural disasters. With increasing political polarization and paralysis, innocents are paying the highest price.

Filippo Grandi, UNHCR High Commissioner [read the full foreword]



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