Factbox: New donors shake up humanitarian aid

Thu Jan 26, 2012 6:16am EST
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By Alex Whiting

LONDON, Jan 26 (AlertNet) - Emerging powers are gaining influence on the international humanitarian aid scene, bringing new funds and perspectives.

Here are the top 10 new donors in terms of humanitarian aid reported to the United Nations between 2006 and 2010, bearing in mind that much of the aid from emerging donors is not reported.


Humanitarian aid: $1.247 billion

In some years Saudi Arabia's reported contributions have outstripped those of some Western donors.

In 2008, Saudi Arabia gave $500 million in cash to the World Food Programme -- the largest contribution in the WFP's history.

The world's leading oil exporter uses humanitarian aid to exercise its growing influence, contain regional crises and ease domestic tensions with its large expatriate population, many from poor disaster-prone countries.

Charitable giving is a key tenet of Islam, which has an obligatory annual offering of 2.5 percent of a person's wealth.   Continued...

<p>A container with part of a donation of 1,000 tonnes of rice from the Brazilian government to the people of Sri Lanka is loaded onto the MSC Tokyo cargo ship, at Rio Grande Port in southern Brazil, January 25, 2012. REUTERS/Andres Stapff</p>