Germany contributes US$2.1 billion at donor conference for Syrian crisis

On March 30, 2021, at the fifth Brussels Conference on 'Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region', Germany has pledged €1.7 billion (US$2.1 billion) for the Syrian population suffering from the ongoing conflict in Syria.

Of this, around €1.1 billion (US$1.3 billion) are provided by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, €665 million (US$804 million) come from the Federal Foreign Office. In his statement, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called on the Syrian regime to make serious efforts to establish peace in the country. At the same time, Maas declined German participation in the reconstruction of areas controlled by the regime, as long as there is no “substantial political process”. 

Given the devastating humanitarian situation in Syria, humanitarian organizations, among them the German charity Caritas, have called on donor countries to support reconstruction projects in areas controlled by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government.

International donors pledged a total of US$6.4 billion, short of the US$10.0 billion that was being sought by the conference's co-hosts—the EU and the UN. The raised funding will go toward humanitarian relief within Syria and the support of refugee camps in the region.

Press release – Federal Foreign Office

News article – Deutsche Welle