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Livelihoods of local Bangladeshis and Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar have been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. UNHCR is supporting families with training in farming, to help them grow fresh produce.    © UNHCR/Kamrul Hasan

Belgium ranks among UNHCR’s top ten donors providing multi-year funding.

Belgium remains a key donor to UNHCR and is a top ten donor providing multi-year funding – a critical resource that allows UNHCR predictability in an often unpredictable world.

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.

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 the 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. 

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With more than half of its overall contribution being unearmarked, Belgium provides stable and flexible 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.

Belgium also yearly supports different priority countries through financing protection activities, as well as through cash assistance as a modality for effective delivery of aid.  

Total contributions in 2023 to date