The United Arab Emirates has managed to retain its leadership as the biggest donor of development and humanitarian aid. In fact, the nation provided aid to 147 nations in 2017. As a result, the UAE has managed to become the biggest donor of development assistance, proportionate to its gross national income for the fifth consecutive year. This was recognized and honored by the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development.
In 2017, the United Arab Emirates donated to 147 beneficiaries a total of Dh19.32 billion. That easily exceeded the target of 0.7% official development assistance, proportional to the GNI of the nation, as set by the United Nations.
The development aid provided by the UAE in Asia in 2017 accounted for 43% of the total foreign assistance. That was an amount of Dh8.28 billion given by the UAE. Africa was the second biggest recipient at Dh5.44 billion or 28% of the total. Additionally, a third of the total assistance given to Asia was given to Yemen, to the tune of Dh2.97 billion. This assistance was aimed towards supporting the citizens of Yemen and help in restoring the stability and security of the nation.
There has been a change in the direction of the approach taken by the UAE in delivering relief assistance. Apart from undertaking relief operations in different nations, the UAE has started to include sustainable development projects. These projects help the recipient nations in various ways. Some examples include the establishment of utility services, infrastructure works and the construction of schools and hospitals.
Shaikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the chairman of the Emirates Red Crescent, has confirmed that the UAE is improving its approach towards the support of various global humanitarian principles. This is being done by different development initiatives as well as continued support to the victims of the conflicts as well as disasters all over the world.