Today GHA is launching five new country profiles: Australia, Côte d’Ivoire, Finland, Kenya and Nepal. These build on the series of profiles which provide country-by-country perspectives on humanitarian funding, helping us to understand how the humanitarian system really works and how countries are situated within it. The full group covers donors, recipients and those which fall into both camps, clearly demonstrating the complex nature of humanitarian aid in a world where traditional donor/recipient roles are in flux (see India’s profile for an example of a country which is both recipient and donor). We have also updated the full range of profiles to include the latest available data – from 2010 (2011 estimates are included where preliminary data exists).
Our GHA Report 2012 published earlier this year revealed that the top three recipient countries of international humanitarian aid over the period 2001-2010 were respectively Sudan (US$9.7 billion), Palestine/OPT (US$6.5 billion), and Afghanistan (US$5.6 billion); and that the top three government donors in the same period were the United States (US$34.1 billion), EU institutions (US$14.6 billion) and the United Kingdom (US$8.5 billion). The GHA country profiles drill down into the humanitarian picture for each of these individual countries, presenting firstly the headline facts and figures before showing where each country sits in relation to others, which donors and recipients are involved, and which channels of delivery and financing mechanisms are employed. The profiles then look beyond the humanitarian sphere to other types of aid, as well as providing data on investments in risk reduction (see also our recent report on aid to disaster risk reduction).
In a world where donors are under great pressure to demonstrate value for money, and where multiple players have a stake in the effective implementation of humanitarian assistance, it is vital that we have a clear and comprehensive view of who spends what and where, through which channels and according to what priorities. We hope our new and updated country profiles, which contain downloadable data, fulfil that role for you.
We’d love to receive your feedback; we will be creating new profiles in 2013 so if there are additional countries that you would like to see profiled, please let us know.