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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

30-Fold Increase Over Past Decade in Aid for Water & Sanitation Humanitarian Aid -- U.S. #2 Donor in 2009

Recognizing the severity and devastation of the water sanitation crisis, the world has responded with tremendous generosity in the past decade. As the article below illustrates, between 2000 and 2009, there were dramatic improvements in the dollar amounts provided for water and sanitation humanitarian aid by the world's leading nations. We are especially pleased to see that the United States provided radically more funds for water and sanitation aid last year than in previous years. At Water for Humans, we understand that supplying nearly 1 billion people in the world with clean, safe drinking water takes significant amounts of money. It also takes key partnerships, water expertise, and governmental leadership to ensure that earth's most precious resource--water, is available for all, no matter where they live or how poor they are.

Humanitarian aid: 30-fold Increase in Spending on Water and Sanitation Over Last Decade

Spending on water and sanitation (watsan) in humanitarian aid has increased from US$ 15 million in 2000 to US$ 454 million in 2009.

There has been a shift in the major donors for humanitarian watsan over the last decade as well.

The top 3 donors in 2000 were:
Norway (US$ 3.24 million), Netherlands (US$ 3.17 million) and Canada (US$ 1,83 million).

The top 3 donors in 2009 were:
European Commission (US$ 117.4 million), United States (US$ 76.8 million), and Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) (US$ 45.8 million).

Read more on this just-released story here.

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