Malteser International finances 2015
Sources of funding
From a financial point of view, 2015 was a year of positive developments for Malteser International, above all thanks to an increase in the amount of private donations, public grants, and donations received through our partner organization ADH.
Around 21.5 million euros of our total income came from public donors, in comparison to 17.5 million euros in the previous year. Around 9.1 million euros (compared to 6 million in 2014) came from private donations received through the international network of the Order of Malta. A further 5.2 million euros came via our coalition partners ADH in Germany, and Nachbar in Not in Austria. Around 1.6 million euros were received in the form of ‘Other revenue’ – primarily in the form of gains through currency exchange, and administration fees from our donors.
Expenses by region and country
In 2015, Malteser International implemented more than 100 projects in a total of 27 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. The majority of Malteser International’s projects with a total volume of 18.5 million euros, compared to 16.5 million in the previous year – took place in Asia, where we implemented more than 70 projects in 14 countries. In comparison to the previous year, the project volume in the five African countries where we work fell slightly – from 8.9 million euros in 2014, to around eight million in 2015. In the Americas, we implemented projects with a total volume of 1.8 million euros – an increase on the previous year’s total of 1.2 million. Our European projects had a volume of around two million euros. Most of this expenditure was accounted for by flood relief projects in Germany.
Income and expenditure
The total project expenses in 2015 were 30.4 million euros. An additional 3.4 million euros were included in the liabilities. These liabilities are funds not applied in 2015, and earmarked for projects in 2016. Additional expenditure was, as a rule, met from the reserves, and donations made in the previous year. Surpluses were transferred to the reserves. Malteser International uses all of the funds that are entrusted to it economically, efficiently and in a goal-oriented manner to fulfil its tasks, while maintaining its management and administrative costs within an objectively appropriate limit. In 2015, these management and administration costs were 2.4 million euros, or less than 10 percent of the total expenditure, compared to 1.9 million in the year before.
Expenses by sector and phase of relief
In 2015, around 47 per cent of all the aid that we delivered took place during the acute emergency relief phase of disasters. The ongoing crisis in the Middle East contributed significantly to this situation. A further eighteen per cent was provided during the following recovery and rehabilitation phase, while 35 per cent comprised long-term investment in the form of development. Recent years have seen a noticeable increase in the number and size of extreme weather events caused by climate change. We have responded to this development by implementing disaster risk-reduction projects to help increase communities’ resilience to climate change. With more than 65 per cent of our total volume, projects in the health sector continue to form the backbone of our work. Our strategy takes a comprehensive approach to health – viewing the health situation of a population as closely dependent on the quality of the available nutrition and the population’s level of access to clean drinking water, as well as hygiene and sanitation. To make sustainable improvements to health, we often incorporate elements from these other fields into our projects. WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene)projects make up eleven per cent of our total volume, while food security makes up around four per cent.