The GHA Programme is partnering with the START network to help to inform their 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 to a wider set of stakeholders engaged in these crises – including donors, humanitarian organisations, analysts, advocates, and citizens.
On 30 April 2014, we responded to a funding alert for the crisis in South Kachin, Myanmar.
Background to the crisis
On 10 April 2014, armed conflict broke out between government forces and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in southern Kachin State, Myanmar, forcing thousands of people to flee their temporary homes. Reports on the total number of people displaced are inconsistent. The Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO), KIA’s political wing, claims that more than 10,000 people have been displaced. This figure is unconfirmed by the government. On 21 April 2014, local aid groups reported that over 5,000 people had been displaced during the first week of the conflict. An estimated 1,000 children are among the newly displaced.
The conflict has affected villages on the borders between Kachin state, northern Shan state, and China. Four camps, accommodating nearly 3,700 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), are located in close vicinity (within 15 miles) to the fighting. Many of these people have been displaced for the third time since 2011, most recently during an escalation of hostilities in November 2013. Conditions are dire for the displaced, with severe shortages of basic commodities, clean water, and adequate accommodation. Landmines continue to cause harm to vulnerable populations and also inhibit delivery of humanitarian assistance.
You can find our full analysis of the funding situation in Myanmar here.
ACAPS have provided a full analysis of the needs situation in parallel to our analysis – you can find their briefing here.