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Finland to provide humanitarian assistance to major global crises – Ministry for Foreign Affairs

The ministry is now granting a total of EUR 36.5 million in country- and region-specific humanitarian assistance. Ukraine will continue to be the main recipient of humanitarian assistance with nine million euros allocated from the budget item ‘Support for Ukraine’. Assistance to Ukraine will be channelled through the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

“The funding decisions emphasise urgent, life-saving relief assistance. In addition to the biggest humanitarian crises, the assistance package takes into account the need to respond to underfunded and rapidly deepening crises in the world,” says Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Ville Tavio
Finland contributes towards relieving distress by providing humanitarian assistance through UN agencies, the Red Cross Movement and Finnish civil society organisations.
A total of EUR 103 million has been allocated for humanitarian assistance in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ budget for 2024. In addition to the decisions made now, preparations are under way for humanitarian funding provided through Finnish organisations. The rest of the humanitarian funding will be granted later in the year.
In the Middle East, Finland supports the WFP’s operation in Gaza and the West Bank and the ICRC’s operation in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank by a total of five million euros. In addition, Finland allocates assistance to the crisis areas of eastern Africa and the Sahel, to Syria and its neighbouring regions and to Yemen and Afghanistan.

The Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ humanitarian assistance decisions made in early part of the year emphasise Ukraine and the world’s largest refugee crises. The amount of humanitarian assistance now granted totals EUR 63 million.
Apart from country- and region-specific assistance, Finland awards discretionary general grants, which are based on multi-annual agreements, to international humanitarian organisations.  This year, the sum allocated for this purpose is EUR 34.5 million, of which EUR 26.5 million will now be paid.  General grants are awarded to maintain the operational capacity of humanitarian organisations throughout the year, so that they can respond to sudden crises and handle humanitarian crises that do not attract international attention. Finland awards general grants to the World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR). In addition, appropriations have been allocated to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). However, Finland has suspended funding to UNRWA due to the alleged terrorist connections. Payments are suspended until the results of the investigations are known.


  • Sanna Harty, Deputy Director, Unit for Humanitarian Assistance and Policy, tel. +358 295 350 979
  • Tuomas Tähti,  Special Adviser to the Minister for Trade and Development, tel. +358 295 350 199
  • The email addresses of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs are in the format firstname.lastname@gov.fi. 


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