Another good year

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Income for the year

Total income inclusive of financial income (net) of DanChurchAid amounted to DKK 586.4m in 2016, a decline of DKK 64m compared with the record year 2015.

Income contributed to our work by the Danish people amounted to DKK 187.9m while grants from Danida, the EU and other international contributors totalled almost DKK 392m.

Where did the money go in 2016?

Development and Humanitarian aid (79.7%)

Our activities and efforts in 2016, which covered all focus areas, decreased by DKK 49.4m to DKK 455.4m compared to 2015.

Development projects declined by DKK 31.5m to DKK 208.4m, and humanitarian disaster relief projects decreased by DKK 36.8m to DKK 136.8m. By contrast, humanitarian mine clearance activities rose by DKK 18.8m to DKK 110.3m. Overall, our primary focus has been on areas such as humanitarian mine clearance, humanitarian disaster relief, disaster prevention as regards food safety and climate change, and protection of democratic values.

From a geographic perspective, Africa continues to be the continent in which DanChurchAid has the highest level of activity, with expenses totalling DKK 218.1m, equal to 47.9% of our total relief efforts.

Our activities have been centered on the following countries:

South Sudan, where a total of DKK 74.6m has been spent chiefly on disaster relief and humanitarian mine clearance activities; Ethiopia, Malawi and Uganda, where DKK 37.5m, DKK 23.2m and DKK 20.7m, respectively, has been spent mainly on disaster prevention as regards food safety and climate change, HIV & AIDS prevention, etc. as well as the protection of democratic values.

For Asia, we recorded the second highest activity totalling DKK 94.6m, or 20.8%. Our activities were highly concentrated in the following countries: Nepal, where DKK 25.1m was spent, and where focus has been on humanitarian aid following the earthquake; Myanmar and Cambodia, where DKK 22.6m and DKK 20.3m, respectively, was spent and where our activities were primarily aimed at protecting democratic values and disaster prevention as regards food safety and climate change.

In the Middle East, we have spent DKK 93.6m, equal to 20.5%. Most activities took place in the West Bank/Gaza (DKK 27m), in Lebanon (DKK 26m) and in Syria (DKK 24m), where activities were aimed at protecting democratic values and providing disaster relief and humanitarian mine clearance.

In Europe, we spent DKK 7.3m (1.6%) and in Latin America, DKK 5.1m (1.1%). Further, we spent DKK 36.8m (8.1%) on global activities.

Information and fundraising (10.9%)

In 2016, expenses for Information and fundraising totalled DKK 62.9m, down DKK 1.9m on 2015.

Expenses were incurred in connection with fundraising activities such as the annual parish fundraising campaign, continued focus on new forms of fundraising including the recruitment of contributors, the campaign “Grant a Goat” (gift catalogue), central logistics operations (inventories) relating to second hand clothes and new second hand shops and the operation of the shop Wefood – including the setup of two new Wefood shops – sale of surplus food (the third shop will open in 2017).

Of the DKK 62.9m, DKK 3.8m was financed externally by, among others, Danida with DKK 1.8m for project-related education and the Timbuktu Foundation with DKK 0.9m.

Secretarial costs (9.4%)

In 2016, specific expenses in connection with the secretariat in Nørregade in Copenhagen, and the operation of the regional offices in our focus countries amounted to DKK 53.9m. The total amount was DKK 17.0m lower than in 2015. The decline in total expenses was in part the outcome of initiatives launched in 2015 involving organisational changes as well as a reduction in Danida’s development funds, which resulted in a cutback in staff and the closure of our regional offices in Kyrgyzstan, Honduras and India.

Administration percentage

Administrative expenses relating to the DanChurchAid headquarters as a percentage of total income amounted to 8.3%, which was almost the same level as in 2015 (8.4%).

Profit for the year

Profit for the year was DKK 11.1m, which is transferred to equity in order to improve the financial strength of DanChurchAid as an organisation and a collaborative partner.