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.


Source:  Daily Sabah

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