On 7 October 2016 we responded to a funding alert for Haiti, raised in response to Hurricane Matthew, which made landfall on 4 October 2016.
Hurricane Matthew has been reported as the most powerful Caribbean storm in nearly a decade. The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency announced that 14,530 people were evacuated to shelters as a result of 1,855 flooded houses, 500 highly damaged houses and 348 destroyed houses.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have committed/contributed US$87.7 million of humanitarian assistance to Haiti in 2016.
As of 6 October 2016, according to FTS, US$1.3 million has been reported as specifically allocated in response to Hurricane Matthew. As yet, there is no UN-coordinated appeal for the crisis. However, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies announced an international appeal for Haiti requesting US$5.1 million.
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.
Photo: Jethro J. Sérémé / American Red Cross / IFRC