On 22 October 2014 we responded to a funding alert in response to the displacement of people in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
BACKGROUND TO THE CRISIS
In recent weeks there have been increased incidents of violence and attacks by the Allied Democratic Forces and National Army for the Liberation of Uganda (ADF-NALU) in North Kivu. Since the beginning of October 2014 at least 80 civilians have been killed, and more than 100,000 people have been displaced as a result of the violence (Source: ACAPS). There have been reports from international non-governmental organisations on the ground of attacks in Oicha city, Beni town and the surrounding area.
Humanitarian funding to DRC in 2014, US$378 million, is less than half of what was received in 2013, US$741 million. Of this, just US$26 million has been allocated to both North and South Kivu. Funding through global and country-level pooled financing mechanisms has also dropped in 2014. So far, just US$2 million has been allocated from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), in response to the Ebola virus, and US$16 million from the Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF). The DRC UN-coordinated appeal is currently just 38% funded.
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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