On 11 October 2016 we responded to a funding alert for Afghanistan raised in response to mass displacement as a result of continued violence in the country.
The UN announced that as many as 10,000 people have become internally displaced following the fighting in the city of Kunduz between the Afghan National Security Forces and non-state armed groups. Many of these people have fled to cities in the neighbouring provinces of Balkh, Takhar and Baghlan.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have committed/contributed US$289 million of humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan so far in 2016.
The humanitarian response plan for Afghanistan requests US$339 million and is currently 46% funded at US$156 million.
In September, a further US$152 million was requested through a flash appeal to respond to the humanitarian needs of displaced people in Afghanistan. This is yet to receive funds from international donors.
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.