On 25 August 2015 we responded to a funding alert in response to displacement in the Gambella region of Ethiopia.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) data states that close to 216,604 South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Gambella escaping the conflicts ongoing in South Sudan since mid-December 2013.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have committed or contributed US$304.4 million of humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia so far in 2015. The United States is the top donor, having contributed or committed US$152.8 million to the crisis.
So far in 2015, US$11.1 million has been disbursed to the Gambella region of Ethiopia, of which 87.4% is for assistance to displaced populations. Out of total funding in 2015, US$77 million is allocated to support refugees or internally displaced persons (IDPs) elsewhere in Ethiopia (not including Gambella).
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.