On 25 August 2015 we responded to a funding alert in response to the internally displaced persons (IDP) crisis in northern Nigeria.
Throughout July and August, thousands of people have been deported or returned to Nigeria from surrounding countries; this includes 925 Nigerians sent home from Cameroon and Chad from 9–11 July. The National Emergency Management Agency announced on 5 August that 12,000 Nigerians (most of which were originally from Borno) had arrived in Nigeria.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have committed/contributed US$130.6 million of humanitarian assistance to Nigeria so far in 2015. The UN-coordinated 2015 Strategic Response Plan (SRP) for Nigeria requests US$100.3 million from donors to respond to the crisis. This appeal is currently 46% funded at US$46.3 million.
While there is limited detail on the geographical distribution of funding to Nigeria in 2015, US$46.1 million has been reported as commitments/contributions specifically to states in the north. In 2015, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) received 17% (US$22.6 million) of total funding to Nigeria. Northern states received a greater proportion of funds channelled through NGOs at 25% (US$11.4 million). The majority of funding to northern states went to the health and protection sectors (54%).
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.