Turkey was listed as the top donor country in the world in 2017 in providing humanitarian aid to the people in need around the world, according to a recent report published by “Development Initiative”, an independent international development organization based in London, UK.
According to the Report, Turkey is listed the first country with 8.07 billion US Dollars spent in humanitarian assistance, followed by USA (6.68 billion US Dollars), Germany (2.99 billion US Dollars), United Kingdom (2.52 billion US Dollars) and the European Union (2.24 billion US Dollars).
The Report, titled “Global Humanitarian Assistance 2017” revealed that Turkey has spent nearly 1 percent of its GDP, which was around 850 billion in 2017.
Turkey has continuously increased its humanitarian aid budget by maintaining its leading position as the “most generous nation” in the world with a 0.85 percent ratio between its national income and humanitarian assistance.
Turkey also hosts the highest number of refugees in the world – nearly 3.9 million, according to official data. Most of the refugees living in the country are Syrians, around 3.6 million as of May 2018.
The Global Humanitarian Assistance Report is produced annually to provide a leading resource for understanding humanitarian financing and related aid flows. The report was prepared with the contribution of several international and national institutions such as United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and the World Health Organization (WHO).