International humanitarian assistance rose to a record US$22 billion in 2013, in response to an extraordinary scale of crises and needs. This is a stark change from 2012, which saw a slight decline in funding amid no major new disasters.
Both public and private funding increased. Government donors accounted for three quarters of the international response, contributing US$16.4 billion, up 24% from 2012. Contributions from private sources – individuals, trusts, foundations and corporations – also rose steeply to an estimated US$5.6 billion in 2013, up 35% from 2012.
A large part of the increase in 2013 – US$4.7 billion in funding – was directed to the responses in Syria and refugee-hosting neighbouring countries, as recorded in the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Financial Tracking Service (FTS).
Yet this rise in global funding was still not enough to meet the scale of humanitarian needs. Globally, over a third of funding requirements went unmet in UN-coordinated humanitarian appeals alone.
Note: Figures for 2013 are preliminary estimates
See more analysis of international humanitarian financing in our Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2014, published this week.