On 28 September 2016 we responded to a funding alert for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), raised in response to the high number of South Sudanese refugees entering the country.
As of 22 September, UNHCR had registered some 13,000 South Sudanese refugees, while over 10,000 are still to be registered. Refugee numbers have surpassed humanitarian response capacity in some provinces, and new arrivals are further increasing humanitarian need.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have committed/contributed US$405.4 million of humanitarian assistance to DRC since the start of 2016. In addition, US$14.7 million of requirements for DRC are also set out under the South Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan – this entire amount is currently unmet.
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.
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