On 28 April 2015 we responded to a funding alert in response to the ongoing violence in Yemen.
The complicated conflict in Yemen has escalated since September 2014 when Al Houthi Militia progressed to take control of the capital Sana’a leading to an eventual coup in February 2015. Estimates suggest that between 19 March and 24 April 1,050 people have been killed and 4,850 people wounded, and at least 150,000 people are known to be internally displaced by the conflict. Airstrikes led by Saudi Arabia started on 26 March. On 31 March the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights warned that Yemen was “on the verge of total collapse”.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have committed/contributed US$160.9 million of humanitarian assistance to Yemen so far in 2015. The UN-coordinated 2014–15 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) requests US$747.5 million from donors, according to the FTS; the HRP is currently 17% funded at US$124.5 million, with a further US$4.3 million remaining in uncommitted pledges. An additional Flash appeal for Yemen was launched on 17 April, requesting US$273.7 million. No funding has been reported against the flash appeal; however, on 18 April media reports suggested that Saudi Arabia had pledged funding of US$274 million to cover the full requirements. This pledge has not yet been reported to the FTS.
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.