We all have a stake in humanitarian assistance. Taxpayers and beneficiaries, donor and recipient governments, implementing agencies, advocacy organisations and spending watchdogs all have an interest in the effective implementation of humanitarian aid.
This interest, this stake, is particularly important in today’s humanitarian context. Needs are seemingly growing year on year and show no signs of slowing down. The finances available to manage those needs, whether in the vaults of donor governments or in the pockets of ordinary people, are increasingly under threat. Value for money, accountability, and transparency have become the key words in humanitarian discourse.
So now, perhaps more than ever, it is important to have an accurate picture of who spends what money, in which countries, through which agencies and by what priorities. Now we need to know which countries are particularly generous and which are not. Now we need to know where we spend millions, indeed billions, of humanitarian dollars, each year, without change. Now we need to understand even more than before the complex and inter-connected world of humanitarian financing.
Today the Global Humanitarian Assistance team release the first twenty profiles of major humanitarian donors and recipient countries, the first batch of a series of country-by-country perspectives on humanitarian funding. We believe the profiles provide both the expert and the interested with the most detailed comparable humanitarian data and information available, in a design that invites investigation.
How can we demand better value for money for humanitarian aid without being clear of the full picture?
See the profiles here at: http://www.globalhumanitarianassistance.org/country-profiles