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Saudi Arabia


Key Figures 2013

Total Assistance:

US$1.3 billion, 2012

Humanitarian Assistance:

US$109 million

Contributions to UN

US$161million 2012


US$275 billion

Key Facts

  • In 2013, Saudi Arabia provided US$109 million for humanitarian emergencies, making it the 20th largest government donor of official humanitarian assistance.
  • Over the past decade Saudi Arabia has been the 19th largest government provider of humanitarian assistance. Annual humanitarian assistance increased by 24% in 2013. Humanitarian assistance from Saudi Arabia peaked at U$624 million in 2008, when it was the fifth largest government donor.
  • In 2013, Saudi Arabia’s ODA-like concessional flows were equal to 0.18% of gross national income (GNI).
  • 33% of Saudi Arabia’s overall humanitarian assistance in the last 10 years has gone to countries in sub-Saharan Africa. In this period the largest recipients of its humanitarian assistance have been Pakistan (US$336 million), Sudan (US$155 million) and Yemen (US$131 million). Saudi Arabia was the largest donor to Yemen between 2003 and 2012.
  • In 2013, Saudi Arabia provided US$4.8 million to the Syria Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRP), accounting for 0.2% of all funding to that appeal.
  • 68% of Saudi Arabia’s official humanitarian assistance was spent in countries classified as long-term recipients of humanitarian assistance in 2012.
  • While Saudi Arabia gives a significant amount of humanitarian aid, there is no single agency in charge of coordination. Saudi Arabia has no humanitarian aid policy and is not actively engaged in international humanitarian mechanisms (Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi)).
  • Saudi Arabia endorsed IATI at the High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan in December 2011.
  • Humanitarian assistance and ODA can be viewed in the wider context of resource flows that can be mobilised in Development Initiatives’ Investments to End Poverty (ITEP) report – Saudi Arabia country profile.



Saudi Arabia and UAE’s GNI values are based on 2009 values





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