World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey's foreign aid for development projects, ranging from building schools to providing clean water in 121 countries, reached $3 billion 436 million in 2012, a report showed.
"Turkey is no longer the hand which receives, but the hand which gives, due to the political and economic success under the AK Party's rule," Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said regarding the report prepared by Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA).
"After the 98 percent increase, aid figures exceeded 2 billion dollars for the first time," notes the report.
The most obvious reason behind the aid increase is the shelter and supplies provided in 8 provinces to Syrians who fled the civil war in their country. Approximately 979 million dollars in aid was supplied to Syrians, according to calculations.
The loans and budget support granted to developing countries also accounts for a portion of the increase.
The Middle East received 46.6 percent of the development aid, while 31 percent of the aid went to Africa, 18 percent to south and central Asia, and 3 percent to the Balkans and eastern Europe.
The countries which were officially granted the most Turkish development assistance were Syria, Egypt, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, Palestine, Kazakhstan and Bosnia and Herzegovina, respectively.Last Mod: 27 Ekim 2013, 13:18