Major emergencies included South Sudan and the Syrian crisis-where Concern supported over 1,100,000 people across Turkey, Lebanon and within Syria, Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, where it supported 10,000 people with essential household and hygiene items and widespread drought in Ethiopia, where it treated 200,000 children and adults for malnutrition. These emergencies contributed to the significant increase in Concern’s 2016 income and expenditure.
Aside from public donations, Concern received a total of €147 million from governments and co-funders. Significant donors included the Irish Government, which donated €24.2 million through Irish Aid, the British Government (€22.6 million), the US Government (€25.1 million) and the European Union (€28.6 million).
Mr MacSorley emphasised that while funding had increased for aid agencies in 2016, it did not match the scale of an increase in humanitarian need, with conflict becoming the ‘driving factor’ in nine of the 10 worst humanitarian crises that escalated in 2016.