Turkey Most Generous Country in the World 27 June 2016
Development Initiatives, a U.K.-based platform monitoring humanitarian aid across the world, released a report on Monday announcing Turkey as the country that gives most to people in need compared to its gross national income.
The Global Humanitarian Assistance Report also shows Turkey's assistance to Syrian refugees on its own territory made it the donor contributing the second largest amount last year, while the United States contributed most to the international humanitarian aid by government donors by giving almost one-third of all international humanitarian assistance among them. The United Kingdom and other countries in Europe follow the two as top donors in 2015.
Turkey's humanitarian assistance reached $3.2 billion from $1.6 billion in 2014 and the country's increased international aid efforts granted it the third place for the third consecutive year starting in 2013 in the Global Humanitarian Assistance Report. Turkey gave the most humanitarian assistance as a percentage of gross national income at 0.37 percent the report shows, and it was followed by Kuwait and United Arab Emirates at 0.33 and 0.25 percent respectively.
The report shows the international humanitarian assistance in total reached $28 billion last year from $25.1 billion in 2014. Turkey's humanitarian assistance makes up 11 percent of the total aid.
Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), Cooperation and Development Agency (TİKA) and The Turkish Red Crescent the spearhead Turkey's aid efforts both within the country and in more than 140 countries. In line with Ankara's humanitarian diplomacy, TİKA quadrupled development aid from $85 million in 2002 to $3.59 billion in 2014 and will further boost it. AFAD, an agency previously focused on natural disasters, improved its services for refugees and now runs refugee camps for Syrians and is praised for their facilities. The Turkish Red Crescent, which mainly operates within Turkey, recently expanded its aid efforts to countries such as Pakistan, Chad, Haiti, Libya, Somalia, Myanmar, Palestinian territories, Mauritania, Senegal, Niger, Bosnia and Herzegovina and many others, providing shelters, food aid, medicine etc. to people affected by disasters and conflicts.
AFAD President M. Halis Bilden drew attention to the plight of Syrian refugees at the Habitat III: The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Quito, Ecuador. Quito-Ecuador / Disaster and Emergency Management Authority – AFAD President Mehmet Halis Bilden made a speech at the “Leave No One Behind: Urban Inclusion and Prosperity” High-Level Roundtable during the Habitat III Conference which is taking place in the capital of Ecuador. 500 participants attended to the high-level roundtable.AFAD President M. Halis Bilden Speaks At HABITAT III Conference
(17 November 2013) Deputy Prime Minister H.E Beşir ATALAY and President of AFAD Dr. Fuat OKTAY went to Dominican Republic to attend the Third International Conference of HOPEFOR Initiative. Hopefor Initiative actualised in 2011 in consequence of joint attempt of Turkey, Dominican Republic, Qatar and with the support of United Nations. The first International Conference of HOPEFOR Initiative performed in Qatar in 2011, the second Conference hosted by Turkey under the coordination of AFAD performed in 2012 in Antalya. Deputy Prime Minister H.E Beşir ATALAY and President of AFAD Dr. Fuat OKTAY will make speech in the conference which will be held between the dates of 18-20 November 2013. Turkey’s international humanitarian assistance works, developed strategy and model by Turkey about humani...AFAD's President in Dominic with Deputy Prime Minister
AFAD Chief Meets UN Assistant Secretary-General AFAD Chief meets with UN Assistant Secretary-General to discuss humanitarian challenges, World Humanitarian Summit. Ankara, 3 December 2015 – AFAD President Dr. Fuat Oktay received Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Kyung-wha Kang to discuss the humanitarian challenges in Syria and Iraq as well as the World Humanitarian Summit 2016, which will take place in Istanbul. UN resident coordinator Kamal Malhotra and OCHA representatives were also present at the meeting.AFAD Chief Meets UN Assistant Secretary-General
PRESS DELEGATION BRIEFED ON HUMANITARIAN OPERATIONS A delegation of Turkic journalists visited AFAD's Ankara headquarters to attend a briefing on humanitarian assistance, future projects. Ankara, 23 February 2015 – A group of 18 journalists from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Northern Cyprus, Turkmenistan, Macedonia, Bashkortostan, Dagestan, Khakassia and Tatarstan visited the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) on Monday to receive information on Turkey's humanitarian efforts in the Middle East and the organization's future projects.Press Delegation Briefed on Humanitarian Operations
AFAD PRESIDENT MEETS GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AFAD President Dr. Fuat Oktay has met with academics and students from Georgetown University as part of his visit to the U.S. capital Washington. “Old and established academic institutions such as Georgetown University should exert pressure on relevant authorities to increase their efforts regarding Syrian refugees,” said Oktay during his address to young American students at the meeting, stressing at the same time that Turkey was practicing an open door policy for Syrians taking shelter in the country.AFAD President Meets Georgetown University Students
(21 October 2013) President of AFAD, Dr.Fuat OKTAY made a speech in a conference which was organized by globally known think tank Wilton Park in Istanbul to develop new strategic dialogues and associations and meet rising global actors as part of developing humanitarian aid. Wilton Park’s Istanbul Conference which is supported by Turkey, United Kingdom, Norway, Indonesia will continue during three days. President of AFAD, Dr. Fuat OKTAY attended to first session with the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter MAURER and United Nations Koweit Humanitarian Chief, Abdullah AL-MATOUQ. The future of humanitarian aid, disaster vulnerability, encountered difficulties about humanitarian aid response management were argued at the session. President of AFAD, Dr. Fuat OKTAY...President of AFAD, Dr.Fuat OKTAY Made a Speech in Wilton Park Conference Which Was Held in Istanbul
Humanitarian Relief Efforts in Yemen Djibouti, 18 May 2015 – The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) will ship 2400 food boxes to the people of Yemen, where violent clashes and internal strifes led to major humanitarian consequences. The materials have an estimated market value of $150,000.Humanitarian Relief Efforts in Yemen