US Still Biggest Aid Donor to United Nations, But That May Change

November 16,2017 – The United States is still the biggest donor to United Nations aid programs but there is uncertainty if that will be the case in 2018 as the Trump administration seeks to cut spending and to specifically reduce spending on UN programs.

If the $1.5 trillion tax bill put forward by Republicans passes then cuts to certain programs will be made to reduce the overall impact on the federal deficit, and cuts to the UN will be an easy target. In addition, the Trump administration has also said it plans to shift some of its aid money away from UN programs and instead give to groups working for persecuted minorities in the Middle East. Little detail has been provided so far on this.

But as it stands, the US remains the top donor so far in 2017 to UN relief programs, contributing $4.2 billion or 33 percent of all funds received this year, according to information from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The top country recipient for US funds this year is South Sudan, $483 million, followed by Syria, $459 million, and Yemen, $427 million.

The European Union is the next top donor to UN aid programs, contributing a total of $1.7 billion.

Other top donors include:

Germany $1.5 billion,
United Kingdom $998 million
Japan $402 million
Sweden $269 million

– Denis Fitzgerald
On Twitter @denisfitz