European Commission adopts 2020 humanitarian assistance budget of US$1 billion to support 80+ countries

The European Commission has adopted its initial humanitarian budget of €900 million (US$1 billion) for 2020, to help people in over 80 countries across the Africa continent, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. This amount is a significant decrease from 2019 when the Commission adopted a record humanitarian assistance budget of €1.6 billion (US$1.8 billion). Within the 2020 budget, €400 million (US$444 million) will fund programs in Africa, including to support those affected by the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the food and nutrition crisis in the Sahel. €345 million (US$383 million) will be directed to the Middle East to address the crises in Yemen and Syria. €111 million (US$123 million) will go to Asia and Latin America to assist those impacted by the crisis in Venezuela and to support conflicted affected regions in Afghanistan, Myanmar and Bangladesh.
 
Funding for humanitarian assistance is a strong priority of the EU development assistance budget, accounting for 11% of the EU’s bilateral spending. 
 
Press release - European Commission

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