On the 28 of September 2015 we responded to a funding alert in response to drought in three countries in Central America’s ‘dry corridor’: El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. For the second year in a row food insecurity in the three countries has intensified due to the impact of drought and failed harvests associated with the impact of the El Niño phenomenon.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have committed or contributed US$0.2 million of humanitarian assistance to El Salvador, US$5.7 million to Honduras, and US$11.2 million to Guatemala so far in 2015. While there is currently no UN-coordinated appeal for El Salvador there are Emergency Response Plans (ERPs) for Honduras and Guatemala requesting US$13.2 million and US$23.8 million from donors, respectively. The majority of requirements in both appeals have been requested for food security, 72% of total requirements in the Guatemala ERP and 68% for Honduras. For both appeals 42% of the total requirements have currently been met.
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.