On 4 May 2016 we responded to a funding alert raised due to flooding in Garissa County, Kenya.
Recent heavy rainfall has exceeded the capacity of the River Tana and other seasonal rivers in Garissa County, north-eastern Kenya. The subsequent flooding is damaging farms, settlements, roads and other infrastructure, affecting up to 2,000 households, and is likely to continue displacing people.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have committed/contributed US$68.1 million of humanitarian assistance to Kenya since the start of 2016. US$5.0 million of this amount comes from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund.
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.