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Top 25 ECHO cash recipients

[Sudan] Women rest after receiving their monthly WFP food ration in Maiwut, Southern Sudan. WFP/Jeff Rowland
Zones and periods of tranquillity allow vitally important humanitarian interventions to be carried out
The European Commission’s humanitarian aid department (DG ECHO), released its annual report on 1 July.

According to the 110-page financial report, overall spending in 2008 was 937 million euros (about US$1.302 billion) across 60 countries. Of that, about three-quarters went to the top 25 recipient non-profit agencies and an aviation contractor.

UN agencies took 46 percent of the overall spend, while 44 percent went to NGOs, and the rest to international organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross. NGOs from the UK, France and Germany account for over half of NGO funding.

More than half of the funds were spent in Africa. The top five countries and territories receiving the most funding, including food aid, were (in euros):

Sudan (161.3m)
Occupied Palestinian Territories (75.1m)
Democratic Republic of Congo (53.9m)
Ethiopia (48.5m)
Kenya (36.7m)

The top 25 recipients (with receipts in millions of euros):

Agency Thousands of Euros
UN World Food Programme                                                            228,035
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)   78,865
UN Refugee Agency - UNHCR     53,545
UN Relief and Works Agency – UNRWA    38,000
UN Children's Agency – UNICEF    32,572
UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)   26,356
OXFAM-UK    24,923
Action Contre la Faim (ACF) – France  21,106
Save the Children – UK      15,566
German Agro Action (GAA)  11,999
International Rescue Committee (IRC) - UK   11,670
Merlin 10,899
Solidarites  10,743
World Health Organization (WHO) 10,240
Cooperazione Internationazionale (COOPI)   9,797
Danish Refugee Council (DRC)  9,542
Accion Contra el Hambre 8,965
DAC Aviation International 8,000
Agence d'Aide à la Cooperation Technique et au Developpement (ACTED) 7,925
Danchurchaid  7,901
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) 7,335
CARE-UK    7,275
CONCERN Worldwide   6,795
International Organization for Migration (IOM) 6,778
Catholic Organisation for Relief and Development Aid (CORDAID) 6,331
TOTAL (for top 25)   661,164


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