Dutch foreign minister allocates additional €190 million for crisis-affected regions
Dutch Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Minister Sigrid Kaag has allocated an additional €190 million for emergency funding in regions affected by conflict. The funding will be used to support shelter for refugees and vulnerable populations, as well as educational programs in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and the Horn of Africa.
In 2017, the Netherlands spent €400 million on emergency aid. Part of this funding came from the Dutch Emergency Relief Fund, which will no longer be available after December 2017. As a result, there will only be €205 million available in 2018 from the regular emergency-assistance budget. According to Kaag, this shortfall would tarnish the Netherlands’ reputation as a trustworthy, predictable, and flexible partner, and that is why the additional funding has been added to the budget for humanitarian aid.