Two-fifths of Ebola funding pledges remain uncommitted

by Chloe Parrish

Charting Progress - Ebola update - 20-11-2014

The UN is requesting US$1.5 billion from donors in its overview of needs and requirements for the Ebola virus disease outbreak. The majority of appeal-related and other funds pledged at the regional (un-earmarked) level and to Sierra Leone remains outstanding, totalling US$880 million.

While donors have stepped up their funding response since September – pledging significant levels of funding both within the UN appeal and outside of it – not all of these have yet been committed.

Some 58% of un-earmarked funding pledged to the wider region affected by Ebola is outstanding, totalling US$730 million. For Sierra Leone, the figure is nearly half (46%), or US$151 million. In contrast, funding to Liberia and Guinea is almost fully committed with outstanding pledges accounting for 4% and 2% respectively.

See the Global Humanitarian Assistance programme’s Ebola funding briefing for more details.

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Data from UN Financial Tracking Service. This is not comprehensive and does not necessarily include all funding contributing to the response (e.g. pre-existing development-funded health projects that have been re-purposed as Ebola treatment centres).

*Other (in chart) includes Code d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Mali, Guinea-Bissau, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Senegal, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Niger, Malawi, and Togo.

Definitions of commitments and pledges:

  • Pledge: A non-binding announcement of an intended contribution by a donor. Not all pledges result in a contribution.
  • Commitment: A contractual obligation on funding made by a donor. Humanitarian agencies cannot spend money and implement before a funding commitment is made.
  • Contribution: The payment or transfer of funds or in-kind goods from the donor to the recipient, resulting from a commitment.


Development Initiatives analysis based on UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Financial Tracking Service.