On 20 November 2015 we responded to a funding alert for a new case of the Ebola virus disease in Liberia. The day before, less than three months after Liberia was last declared free of Ebola, it was confirmed that a 10-year-old boy had tested positive for the virus.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have committed/contributed US$236.9 million of humanitarian assistance to Liberia since the start of 2015. At least US$227.7 million of this is for the Ebola response. However, there are currently no financial contributions or pledges in response to this new outbreak of the disease.
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.