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Top 10 Donors to UNRWA

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This table compiled by GPF Senior Research Fellow Klaus Hüfner lists the Top 10 Donors to UN Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) in $US millions and percentages (received, voluntary contributions). Since 1974, the US has been the biggest donor to the UN agency followed by the UK and Sweden. US funding for the UN agency has been a major topic of discussion following Palestine’s admission to UNESCO. In 2014, the US gave $408,75 million to UNRWA; however, US funding for the UNRWA is likely to be untouched since the agency is not a membership-based organization, which means that Palestine will not be able to join.

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United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
Top 10 Donors
Year 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982
1 US US US US US US US US US
US$ Mil. 28,28 40,94 38,7 54,7 51,5 49,52 54,48 65,2 64
Percent 47,01% 50,55% 45,26% 59,08% 51,82% 51,00% 46,75% 47,99% 50,28%
2 Japan Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Sweden Sweden Sweden Sweden Sweden Saudi Arabia
US$ Mil. 5,75 10 11,2 8,09 8,81 9,93 11,24 16,46 10,32
Percent 9,56% 12,35% 13,10% 8,74% 8,86% 10,23% 9,64% 12,12% 8,11%
3 UK Sweden UK UK UK UK UK UK UK
US$ Mil. 4,76 5,56 7,83 7,78 8,8 9,35 10,44 10,03 7,21
Percent 7,91% 6,87% 9,16% 8,40% 8,85% 9,63% 8,96% 7,38% 5,66%
4 Sweden UK Sweden Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Germany, F.R. Japan Japan Japan
US$ Mil. 4,19 5,29 6,07 4,54 6,3 4,95 5,5 7,65 7
Percent 6,96% 6,53% 7,10% 4,90% 6,34% 5,10% 4,72% 5,63% 5,50%
5 Germany, F.R. Japan Germany, F.R. Japan Germany, F.R. Japan Germany, F.R. Libyen Norway
US$ Mil. 2,96 3 3,01 3 4,68 4 5,32 6,25 6,3
Percent 4,92% 3,70% 3,52% 3,24% 4,71% 4,12% 4,56% 4,60% 4,95%
6 Canada Germany, F.R. Japan Germany, F.R. Japan Saudi Arabia Iraq Saudi Arabia Sweden
US$ Mil. 2,09 2,79 3 2,87 3,98 3,5 5,12 5 5,49
Percent 3,47% 3,44% 3,51% 3,10% 4,00% 3,60% 4,39% 3,68% 4,31%
7 Norway UAE Denmark Norway Norway Norway Saudi Arabia Norway Germany, F.R.
US$ Mil. 1,4 2,28 2,24 2,63 2,99 3,35 5 4,68 4,39
Percent 2,33% 2,82% 2,62% 2,84% 3,01% 3,45% 4,29% 3,44% 3,45%
8 Israel Norway Netherlands Netherlands Denmark Netherlands Norway Germany, F.R. Canada
US$ Mil. 1,26 1,84 2,21 2,01 2,63 2,46 3,92 4,31 3,62
Percent 2,09% 2,27% 2,58% 2,17% 2,65% 2,53% 3,36% 3,17% 2,84%
9 France Denmark Norway Canada Netherlands Kuwait Netherlands Denmark Denmark
US$ Mil. 1,1 1,79 1,98 1,42 2,52 2,1 2,85 3,56 3,2
Percent 1,83% 2,21% 2,32% 1,53% 2,54% 2,16% 2,45% 2,62% 2,51%
10 Switzerland Netherlands Canada Denmark Canada Denmark Denmark Canada Netherlands
US$ Mil. 1,03 1,56 1,67 1,25 1,48 2,1 2,25 2,4 2,95
Percent 1,71% 1,93% 1,95% 1,35% 1,49% 2,16% 1,93% 1,77% 2,32%
All Countries                  
US$ Mil. 60,16 80,99 85,51 92,59 99,38 97,1 116,54 135,85 127,29
Percent 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
Top 10 Donors
Year 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991
1 US US US US US US US US US
US$ Mil. 90,25 67 73,31 67 67 61,3 65,3 57 75,6
Percent 61,53% 50,54% 54,73% 49,07% 46,91% 40,38% 40,21% 29,16% 32,02%
2 Japan UK Japan Sweden Sweden Sweden Japan Switzerland Japan
US$ Mil. 8 8,72 9 9,52 11,65 14,58 16,97 33,35 27,3
Percent 5,45% 6,58% 6,72% 6,97% 8,16% 9,61% 10,45% 17,06% 11,56%
3 Sweden Japan Sweden Japan Japan Italy Sweden Sweden Sweden
US$ Mil. 7,91 8,71 7,94 9,5 10 13,82 15,51 21,51 26,2
Percent 5,39% 6,57% 5,93% 6,96% 7,00% 9,10% 9,55% 11,00% 11,10%
4 UK Canada Norway UK Norway Norway Canada Italy Italy
US$ Mil. 7,76 8,02 7,25 7,15 9,72 9,76 9,48 12,12 19,98
Percent 5,29% 6,05% 5,41% 5,24% 6,81% 6,43% 5,84% 6,20% 8,46%
5 Norway Norway UK Italy UK Japan Norway Germany, F.R. Canada
US$ Mil. 7,69 7,67 6,56 6,42 7,86 9,66 9,43 10,67 12,78
Percent 5,24% 5,79% 4,90% 4,70% 5,50% 6,36% 5,81% 5,46% 5,41%
6 Canada Sweden Canada Canada Canada UK Italy Japan Germany
US$ Mil. 5,03 7,48 6,22 6,12 6,94 9,09 9,17 10,05 12,29
Percent 3,43% 5,64% 4,64% 4,48% 4,86% 5,99% 5,65% 5,14% 5,21%
7 Denmark Saudi Arabia Denmark Germany, F.R. Denmark Canada UK Norway Norway
US$ Mil. 3,81 7,2 4,06 4,5 5,21 6,9 9,12 10,05 11,05
Percent 2,60% 5,43% 3,03% 3,30% 3,65% 4,55% 5,62% 5,14% 4,68%
8 Germany, F.R. Germany, F.R. Germany, F.R. Denmark Germany, F.R. Germany, F.R. Germany, F.R. UK UK
US$ Mil. 3,59 3,57 3,11 4,49 4,99 5,99 6,02 9,27 10,67
Percent 2,45% 2,69% 2,32% 3,29% 3,49% 3,95% 3,71% 4,74% 4,52%
9 Netherlands Denmark Saudi Arabia Netherlands Italy Denmark Finland Canada Netherlands
US$ Mil. 2,42 3,17 2,2 3 4,62 5,63 3 8,96 7,59
Percent 1,65% 2,39% 1,64% 2,20% 3,23% 3,71% 1,85% 4,58% 3,22%
10 Italy Australia Spain Saudi Arabia Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Finland
US$ Mil. 1,56 2,2 1,95 2,2 3,35 3,06 2,77 5,56 5,79
Percent 1,06% 1,66% 1,46% 1,61% 2,35% 2,02% 1,71% 2,84% 2,45%
All Countries                  
US$ Mil. 146,67 132,56 133,96 136,55 142,83 151,79 162,39 195,47 236,08
Percent 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
Top 10 Donors
Year 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
1 US US US US US US US US US
US$ Mil. 69 68,59 81,32 80,68 92,26 84,69 80,41 80,86 89,3
Percent 34,43% 34,36% 33,42% 34,38% 37,42% 35,39% 38,69% 35,60% 37,13%
2 Sweden Japan Japan Sweden Sweden Japan Japan Japan UK
US$ Mil. 26,31 21,71 41,08 22,59 23,39 28,6 18,52 25,62 27,55
Percent 13,13% 10,88% 16,88% 9,63% 9,49% 11,95% 8,91% 11,28% 11,45%
3 Japan Italy Sweden Japan Japan Sweden Sweden Sweden Netherlands
US$ Mil. 16,27 21,22 20,47 16,69 22,82 18,82 18,24 18,25 22,22
Percent 8,12% 10,63% 8,41% 7,11% 9,26% 7,86% 8,78% 8,04% 9,24%
4 Norway Sweden Norway Netherlands Norway Norway UK Norway Sweden
US$ Mil. 10,48 16,34 11,41 16,26 17,83 14,03 13,77 13,04 18,51
Percent 5,23% 8,19% 4,69% 6,93% 7,23% 5,86% 6,63% 5,74% 7,70%
5 UK UK Canada Norway Netherlands Denmark Norway UK Norway
US$ Mil. 10,43 10,43 10,76 15,5 13,85 13,61 13,15 13,01 12,73
Percent 5,20% 5,23% 4,42% 6,61% 5,62% 5,69% 6,33% 5,73% 5,29%
6 Denmark Canada Italy Germany UK UK Germany Netherlands Canada
US$ Mil. 10,1 9,83 10,47 10,89 12,91 10,71 8,56 10,85 10,75
Percent 5,04% 4,92% 4,30% 4,64% 5,24% 4,48% 4,12% 4,78% 4,47%
7 Canada Switzerland Denmark UK Denmark Netherlands Canada Canada Japan
US$ Mil. 9,65 9,34 10,25 10,71 11,51 9,35 8,46 10,07 10,32
Percent 4,82% 4,68% 4,21% 4,56% 4,67% 3,91% 4,07% 4,43% 4,29%
8 Germany Norway Netherlands Canada Germany Germany Denmark Denmark Denmark
US$ Mil. 8,54 8,42 9,96 9,03 9,45 8,46 7,97 8,93 8,48
Percent 4,26% 4,22% 4,09% 3,85% 3,83% 3,54% 3,83% 3,93% 3,53%
9 Switzerland Germany UK Denmark Canada Switzerland Netherlands Germany Germany
US$ Mil. 8,31 7,62 9,02 7,87 8,06 7,61 7,42 8,53 5,66
Percent 4,15% 3,82% 3,71% 3,35% 3,27% 3,18% 3,57% 3,76% 2,35%
10 Netherlands Netherlands Switzerland Switzerland Italy Saudi Arabia Spain Saudi Arabia Switzerland
US$ Mil. 7,29 6,47 8,85 7,58 5,8 7,6 5,33 7,82 5,51
Percent 3,64% 3,24% 3,64% 3,23% 2,35% 3,18% 2,56% 3,44% 2,29%
All Countries                  
US$ Mil. 200,4 199,6 243,34 234,67 246,52 239,31 207,84 227,13 240,52
Percent 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

United Nations Relief and Works Agency
for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
Top 10 Donors
Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
1 US US US US US US US US US
US$ Mil. 114,78 127,69 134,10 127,42 108,00 137,00 154,15 187,01 267,96
Percent 40,28% 43,44% 42,91% 36,87% 29,03% 35,34% 33,46% 34,15% 38,58%
2 UK UK UK UK Sweden Sweden Sweden Sweden UK
US$ Mil. 37,26 30,65 32,7 40,77 39,08 41,19 44,71 51,57 50,19
Percent 13,08% 10,43% 10,46% 11,80% 10,50% 10,63% 9,71% 9,42% 7,23%
3 Sweden Sweden Sweden Sweden Norway UK Norway UK Sweden
US$ Mil. 16,87 20,16 24,65 31,78 31,34 27,09 36,56 37,52 48,58
Percent 5,92% 6,86% 7,89% 9,20% 8,42% 6,99% 7,94% 6,85% 7,00%
4 Netherlands Norway Norway Norway Japan Canada UK Norway Norway
US$ Mil. 16,79 14,69 18,17 19,61 30,10 27,73 30,65 35,1 39,06
Percent 5,89% 5,00% 5,81% 5,67% 8,09% 7,15% 6,65% 6,41% 5,62%
5 Japan Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands UK Norway Canada Netherlands Kuwait
US$ Mil. 16,54 14,11 14,33 18,04 28,65 23,32 28,62 31,34 35,5
Percent 5,81% 4,80% 4,59% 5,22% 7,70% 6,02% 6,21% 5,72% 5,11%
6 Norway Japan Germany Canada Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands Canada Netherlands
US$ Mil. 12,48 11,41 11,7 15,56 27,37 18,19 21,11 28,05 28,82
Percent 4,38% 3,88% 3,74% 4,50% 7,36% 4,69% 4,58% 5,12% 4,15%
7 France Italy Denmark Switzerland Saudi Arabia Spain Spain Denmark Saudi Arabia
US$ Mil. 11,74 10,84 10,23 11,44 20,00 14,46 16,58 18,58 27,58
Percent 4,12% 3,69% 3,27% 3,31% 5,38% 3,73% 3,60% 3,39% 3,97%
8 Denmark Germany Italy Japan Denmark Japan Japan Germany Spain
US$ Mil. 9,43 9,25 10,16 11,30 11,38 13,86 15,02 18,47 24,36
Percent 3,31% 3,15% 3,25% 3,27% 3,06% 3,58% 3,26% 3,37% 3,51%
9 Canada Canada Switzerland Italy Canada Denmark Australia Spain Denmark
US$ Mil. 8,84 7,77 9,27 10,81 10,10 13,73 14,31 17,73 19,95
Percent 3,10% 2,64% 2,97% 3,13% 2,71% 3,54% 3,11% 3,24% 2,87%
10 Switzerland Denmark Japan Denmark France  Switzerland Denmark Italy Canada
US$ Mil. 7,74 7,72 8,26 10,79 8,35 12,81 13,96 16,98 18,89
Percent 2,72% 2,63% 2,64% 3,12% 2,24% 3,30% 3,03% 3,10% 2,72%
All Countries                  
US$ Mil. 284,92 293,97 312,52 345,56 372,07 387,67 460,68 547,57 694,48
Percent 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

United Nations Relief and Works Agency
for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
Top 10 Donors
Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
1 US US US US US
US$ Mil. 247,87 239,44 233,33 294,02 408,75
Percent 40,68% 33,90% 37,05% 32,43% 34,67%
2 Sweden Saudi Arabia UK Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
US$ Mil. 47,22 76,78 68,79 151,57 139,4
Percent 7,75% 10,87% 10,92% 16,72% 11,82%
3 UK UK Sweden UK UK
US$ Mil. 45,73 76,30 54,33 93,74 95,33
Percent 7,50% 10,80% 8,63% 10,34% 8,09%
4 Norway Sweden Norway Sweden Germany
US$ Mil. 40,11 56,65 31,58 54,44 79,98
Percent 6,58% 8,02% 5,01% 6,01% 6,78%
5 Netherlands Norway Germany Germany Sweden
US$ Mil. 29,09 31,59 27,99 53,06 54,84
Percent 4,77% 4,47% 4,44% 5,85% 4,65%
6 Spain Netherlands Netherlands Norway Norway
US$ Mil. 23,05 26,84 24,58 34,6 35,91
Percent 3,78% 3,80% 3,90% 3,82% 3,05%
7 Japan Switzerland Japan Japan Japan
US$ Mil. 20,76 24,84 22,47 28,84 28,28
Percent 3,41% 3,52% 3,57% 3,18% 2,40%
8 Australia Germany Switzerland Switzerland Australia
US$ Mil. 19,43 23,47 18,63 23,27 27,16
Percent 3,19% 3,32% 2,96% 2,57% 2,30%
9 Switzerland Australia Denmark Australia Netherlands
US$ Mil. 19,03 16,93 18,5 22,45 22,74
Percent 3,12% 2,40% 2,94% 2,48% 1,93%
10 Germany Japan Australia Netherlands Switzerland
US$ Mil. 15,78 15,52 16,65 20,05 22,34
Percent 2,59% 2,20% 2,64% 2,21% 1,89%
All Countries          
US$ Mil. 609,36 706,40 629,76 906,5 1179
Percent 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%


Sources:

1974-1990: United Nations: Report of the Board of Auditors. General Assembly Official Records: 30th Session, Supplement No.7A-7G (A/10007/Add...) and United Nations: Report of the Committee on Contributions. General Assembly Official Records: 32nd-46th Session, Supplement No.11 (A/../11/Add.1/Annex II)

1991-2004: United Nations/General Assembly: Budgetary and financial situation of organizations of the United Nations system.

2005-2014: www.un.org/unrwa/finances/pledges (regular and non-regular budget: cash and in kind).




 

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