As the crisis in Syria looks set to enter its fourth year, the needs and vulnerabilities of those affected is increasing. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that 9.3 million people are in need of assistance, with 6.3 million people displaced within Syria and 2.3 million Syrian refugees in the region registered by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).
On 16 December 2013 the UN announced the largest appeal for a single crisis to date. The appeal for 2014, which combines requirements for Syria and neighbouring countries, amounts to US$6.5 billion. The total surpasses the 2013 figure of US$5.2 billion for the Syria crisis.
This briefing provides an update on humanitarian funding to the Syria crisis including:
- analysis of humanitarian assistance over the three-year period
- an overview of the funding contributions for the two main UN appeals (RRP and SHARP) as well as the Syria Emergency Response Fund (ERF)
- a look ahead to requirements for 2014.
For an update on the Second International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria which took place 15 January 2014 please read our blog post here.