GHA’s 2013 report revealed that Turkey donated over $1 billion in international assistance in 2012, almost quadrupling its contribution from the previous year despite a global trend that saw assistance drop overall – the world’s total international humanitarian response fell by 8% last year. The US remained the largest donor of humanitarian assistance, followed by the EU institutions and the UK.
The 2013 GHA report demonstrates Turkey’s commitment to supporting people in need beyond its borders. The $1 billion in donations represents 0.13% of the country’s Gross National Income, making it the ‘most generous’ member of the G20 according to the report.
Istanbul 2020 Bid Chairman, Hasan Arat, said, “Turkey’s capacity to donate such significant humanitarian funding shows the robust health of our economy – especially as this report comes just a few weeks after Turkey became a net creditor to the IMF. But more importantly, it shows Turkey’s values. We are ready and able to share our good fortune with those around the world who need it most, and we have great experience in translating funding into life-changing results.
“This GHA report gives us great confidence that Istanbul 2020 can achieve our legacy goals. Sport will be our vehicle for spreading the Olympic Values throughout the region and connecting this huge, youthful population with the full power of the Olympic Movement for the first time. Istanbul 2020 will be a bridge to an historic impact for the region and the entire Olympic Movement.”
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