Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2013


The tenth edition of the GHA report examines how international assistance has responded to the scale of recent global humanitarian crisis. The report looks mainly at 2012, when there were no ‘mega-disasters’, but the perpetual vulnerability of poor people to conflict, hunger and other repeated shocks and stresses was exposed.

Sections cover funding (response to need, donors and recipients, areas of expenditure and channels of delivery), recent emergencies, and action to strengthen response. ‘In focus’ sections within the report provide an overview of current issues, such as new and emerging donors, the Syria crisis, and learnings from the 2011 Horn of Africa food crisis.

Trends and messages that emerge include the increasingly important role of non-traditional donors, growing levels of unmet humanitarian need, and the importance of transparency and access to reliable information. The report emphasises the need for greater investment in disaster prevention and preparedness, and for humanitarian and development actors to work more closely in building resilience.

It highlights the importance of predictable long-term financing in situations of chronic need, and identifies efforts and initiatives to improve the efficiency of humanitarian assistance.  This includes standards and accountability frameworks, transparency initiatives, the role of technology, and the use of cash transfer schemes.

The report was produced by our Global Humanitarian Assistance programme.