On 30 October 2014, we responded to a funding alert in response to flooding in Beletweyne District in the Hiran region.
BACKGROUND TO THE CRISIS
Over the last 10 days, heavy rains have led to the Shabelle River to rise above critical levels. Internally displaced persons (IDPs) interviewed during a rapid joint assessment conducted on 27 October 2014 indicated basic food commodities are becoming increasingly scarce in some areas of Beletweyne as a result of the inaccessibility due to flooding. The Governor of Hiran estimates that 8,500 households have been displaced and has requested humanitarian agencies to respond.
Donors have contributed/committed US$521 million of humanitarian funding to Somalia so far in 2014. None of this funding has been in response to the recent flooding. A total of US$4.5 million has been contributed/committed in 2014 for projects that have targeted the Beletweyne District in the Hiran region. So far in 2014, the United States (US) is the top donor to Somalia with contributions/commitments of US$188 million – one third of all humanitarian funding to Somalia this year. The US$933 million Somalia Strategic Response Plan (SRP) 2014 is only 35% funded. A funding gap of US$608 million remains.
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.