At the Brussels conference on June 15, donor countries pledged to grant EUR 5.6 billion in grants for humanitarian aid in Syria. The aid should make it possible to help the 15 million people living in Syria, but also to support neighboring states which are hosting Syrian refugees.
This sum represents a decrease of -12.5% compared to the previous year, despite the increase in the needs of the Syrian population. Humanitarian organizations, under the direction of United Nations agencies, were indeed seeking to mobilize around 10.25 billion euros.
This reduction in aid is partly explained by the general fatigue linked to the situation in Syria, as well as by the war in Ukraine and other ongoing political crises. Additionally, only 10% of humanitarian needs have been met so far this year, leading to the suspension of food aid to 2.5 million Syrians by the World Food Programme.
Once again, the European Union was the main provider of aid, with EUR 3.8 billion pledged, including EUR 2.1 billion from the Commission and EUR 1.7 billion from member countries. The United States is also a major donor. In contrast, the Syrian regime’s allies such as Iran, Russia and China have provided very little assistance.
Source Embassy of France in Lebanon