On 29 June 2015 we responded to a funding alert in response to the heat wave in Pakistan.
During the past week, the Sindh province of Pakistan has experienced increased temperatures of around 48–52 centigrade, the highest temperature among recorded statistical data. 1,400 people are reported to have died of intense heat stroke across southern Pakistan.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have committed/contributed US$221 million of humanitarian assistance to Pakistan so far in 2015. This includes US$59.0 million of domestic funding from the Government of Pakistan. Of the total funding in 2015, US$20.0 million has been channelled directly to Sindh province.
The UN-coordinated Pakistan Humanitarian Strategic Plan 2015 requested US$434 million from donors to respond to humanitarian needs in the country. It is currently 37% funded at US$160 million. A further US$61 million has been committed/contributed outside the appeal.
14% (US$29.9 million) of humanitarian funding to Pakistan in 2015 is allocated to the health sector.
The United States (US) donated the largest sum received by Pakistan in 2015, contributing 30% (US$66.6 million) of total current funding.
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.