Malteser International finances 2017
Every year, we give account about our finances, our donors and how and where donations are utilised. These details are published in our annual report as well as on the website.Malteser International uses all funds entrusted to it economically, efficiently, and in a goal-oriented manner, while ensuring that that administration and management costs remain within an objectively appropriate limit.
With €48 million in revenue in the year 2017, Malteser International was able to respond to the humanitarian crises whilst also financing long-term development measures. More than half of the revenue came from public and institutional donors who provided €32.3 million. Of this sum, the German government provided €30.1 million. Approximately € 1 million euros came from the European Union, a significant reduction from last year’s €17.1 million. In 2016, we received funds worth tens of millions for multi-year aid projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo. These project funds were already booked for the fiscal year 2016, and implementation continued in 2017.
We received a further €3 million from coalitions and fundraising campaigns, thanks in large part to the support of Aktion Deutschland Hilft - Germany's Relief Coalition. We received a sum of € 2.9 million through funding from foundations and other non-governmental organizations in 2017. This is a sharp increase in comparison with 2016 (€1.6 m). Save the Children made the highest contribution with around € 1.7 million. We received around € 6.7 million from private donors through the international network of the Order of Malta. Added to this were € 3 million euros generated from turnover, profits from currency exchange, changes in price, or administrative fees from our donors.
Expenses by sector and phase of relief
Our mandate at Malteser International is to provide rapid and effective relief in the aftermath of an emergency. We provide medical care, clean drinking water and sanitation, and distribute food and essential supplies. Even in the early phase of emergency relief, our programs focus on building the resilience of affected communities in order to ensure sustainable development. We work to help the people improve their livelihoods, and build economic self-sufficiency for themselves in the long term.
In 2017, emergency relief operations took up around 46 % of our aid activities. A further 25 % was provided during the phase of rehabilitation and recovery, while 29 % comprised long-term aid projects in the form of development. Our core sectors remain Health, and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), with projects in these sectors accounting for 57 % and 17 % of our total volume, respectively.
Income and expenditure 2017
Our finances show that we are able to benefit from a growing reputation as a reliable partner for humanitarian relief and development aid. In 2017, our teams and partners were on the ground in 31 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Americas. We implemented over 100 projects as we worked to bring help to those who need it most.
Project expenses in 2017 amounted to € 44.2 million. Many projects that launched in the year will be continued in the following years in line with our commitment to a sustainable management of funds. In 2017, management and administration costs amounted to € 3.2 million.
Surplus unrestricted funds reflect positively on the year’s financial results. These funds are transferred to
the reserves and can be used in years with lower revenue generation. This way, we ensure the financial sustainability of our projects in the long term.
Expenses by region and country 2017
The humanitarian situation in the Middle East continued to deteriorate as violent unrest and political instability persisted. Our total project volume for the region in 2017 amounted to € 12.8 million. In Asia, the Rohingya displacement crisis required our immediate action. However, we continued to implement projects in the sectors of health and hygiene. Our total project volume for the region was at € 11.7 million.
The financial volume of our projects in Africa for the fiscal year 2017 rose to almost € 15 million, compared to € 9.6 million in 2016. This increase was due to the major humanitarian crises that struck the African continent in 2017, including the hunger crises as well as displacement crises in South Sudan and DR Congo.
In the Americas, we implemented projects with a total volume of 3.5 million – an increase on last year’s total of € 2.2 million. Haiti continued to be our most significant area of activity in the region with a total project volume of € 2.6 million. Lastly, our projects for Europe expended €1.2 million in 2017.