DOHA, Qatar, – Qatar has contributed $4.5 billion of international aid, to more than 100 countries in the world, from 2012 to mid-2017.

Sharing details of “Qatar government’s commitment to international aid,” the Government’s Communication Office revealed on its twitter account that, between 2012 and mid-2017, Qatar donated $4.5 billion in aid, to more than 100 countries in the world.

The figures indicate that, $2.9 billion was provided by the government, while $1.6 billion was provided by Qatari NGOs. Relief, infrastructure and education are the sectors mostly targeted by Qatar’s aid, while Africa, Middle East and Asia are the regions receiving more aid.

Another post shared on GCO’s twitter account, “Qatar’s partnership with UN agencies and international civil society organisations” reveals that from 2013 to Sept, 2017, Qatar’s commitment to UN agencies and international organisations totalled $251.54 million, of which $111 million was disbursed.

Through its five year strategy for 2016 to 2020, Qatar Fund For Development (QFFD) will increase grants to UN agencies by more than 20% of the total government aid it receives, the GCO said.

The Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in his address to the 72nd session of UNGA, said, within the framework of the international efforts to tackle humanitarian crises, the State of Qatar has continued to contribute to the growing humanitarian needs in the world.

“We have increased our financial contributions to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), to enable the United Nations to implement UN programmes and provide humanitarian relief to those in need worldwide. Today Qatar ranks third on the list of major donors in 2017, to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs,” the Emir added.

“We have continued to provide support to countries facing challenges, to help them implement their development plans. It is worth mentioning that, Qatar ranked first in the Arab world and 33rd in the world, in the field of human development. This proves the effectiveness of our humanitarian and development policy. We look forward to achieving the goals of the United Nations Plan for Sustainable Development, which we have all committed to realise,” the Emir said.-



Source: NAM News Network