Saudi Arabia leading MENACA aid donor

August 7, 2010

The Cairo-based United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Regional Office for Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia (ROMENACA) reported in its Second Quarterly Regional Humanitarian Funding Update (April-June 2010) that the countries of Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia (MENACA) have donated $140 million to humanitarian operations worldwide in 2010.  The largest recipients of the aid are Haiti, Yemen and Pakistan.  ROMENACA cited Saudi Arabia as the leading donor, followed by the United Arab Emirates and Algeria.

Compared to the first quarter of 2010, there is an overall increase of $60 million in the combined contribution from MENACA countries. A significant portion of this increase is due to a donation of $44.4 million from the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) towards projects in the Pakistan Humanitarian Response Plan (PHRP).  Saudi Arabia is currently the second biggest contributor (17 percent of total funding) to the PHRP 2010 after the United States (32 percent).