On 1 April 2015, we responded to a funding alert in response to the escalation of conflict in Yemen in recent weeks.
BACKGROUND TO THE CRISIS
The situation in Yemen has deteriorated in recent weeks with the escalation of fighting within the country and the impact of Saudi Arabia led air strikes on military targets. The increase in violence has had a detrimental impact on this complex crisis, with humanitarian access severely constrained by the recent insecurity and many aid agencies have been forced to evacuate.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 361 people have been killed and 1,345 injured as result of the recent violence, many of whom are civilians. While currently difficult to quantify the conflict has also led to considerable displacement. Unverified reports from UNOCHA local partners approximately 14,500 families (101,500 people) may have been displaced by recent violence, including 9,000 families (63,000 people) in Al Dhale’e.
Immediate needs have focussed on mass casualty management as well as health, WASH and protection sectors.
As of 1 April 2015, US$97 million in humanitarian assistance has been reported to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS) for Yemen in 2015. The current escalation in the crisis has yet to see an influx of funding or pledges.
Accompanying data is available in Excel
GHA AND THE START NETWORK
The GHA Programme is partnering with the START network to help to inform its funding allocation decisions. The START network is a consortium of British-based humanitarian INGOs, which has recently launched its own fund to help fill funding gaps and enable rapid response to under-reported crises where need is great.
When the START members issue a funding alert, we produce (within 12 hours) a rapid overview of the humanitarian funding picture – recent funding, an overview of appeals and funds, and analysis of donor trends. The analysis is targeted not only at the START network but also to a wider set of stakeholders engaged in these crises – including donors, humanitarian organisations, analysts, advocates and citizens.