Humanitarian assistance

UN appeals: What does underfunding really mean?

Humanitarian

UN-coordinated appeals are a central pillar of the humanitarian response architecture. Each year they bring together hundreds of humanitarian agencies (nearly 800 of them at the last count) to produce the largest combined global request for funding. But the size of that request is out-pacing funding contributions. In 2018, the appeals called for just under […]


Underfunded appeals: Understanding the consequences, improving the system

Humanitarian

UN-coordinated appeals are both the largest combined request for humanitarian aid, and a central pillar of the humanitarian response architecture. They bring together UN and non-governmental agencies to assess needs, develop strategic plans and present financial asks. In 2017, these appeals set out a record total requirement of US$25.2 billion. This was nearly double that […]


Progress report 1: Supporting Grand Bargain signatories in meeting commitments to greater transparency

Humanitarian

In May 2016, leading donor governments, multilateral and UN agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the Red Cross/Red Crescent movement agreed the ‘Grand Bargain’, a package of reforms aiming to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of humanitarian action. Development Initiatives (DI) is working with the Grand Bargain transparency workstream co-conveners the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs […]


Connecting IATI and FTS for streamlined humanitarian reporting

Humanitarian

This work is in support of the Grand Bargain, an agreement between over 50 of the largest donors and aid agencies, which includes commitments on greater financial transparency and more harmonized and simplified reporting requirements. IATI has been identified as the international standard for publishing open data on humanitarian aid and FTS as the platform […]


Intrinsic links between poverty and crisis: What the data tells us

Humanitarian

There has been increased recognition in recent years on the need to build collective humanitarian, development and peacebuilding outcomes to effectively tackle poverty, vulnerability and crisis. The Grand Bargain, which emerged out of the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016, includes a commitment to enhance engagement between humanitarian and development actors, and the Addis Ababa Action […]


Humanitarian funding: What were 2016’s key trends?

Humanitarian

Global spending in response to humanitarian crises reached an estimated US$27.3 billion in 2016. Our Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2017 provides detailed and comprehensive analysis of what’s behind this. Here are four key trends in where the money comes from and how and where it is delivered – and what this means for current and […]


Private donors increase humanitarian funding for fourth consecutive year but pace of growth slows

Humanitarian

New analysis published today by Development Initiatives (DI) shows that although 2016 saw a fourth successive increase in private donations of international humanitarian assistance, the rate of growth slowed significantly. DI’s Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2017 finds that private donations reached an estimated US$6.9 billion in 2016, just 6% higher than in 2015, following a […]


New analysis reveals significant slowdown in growth of international humanitarian assistance despite high need

Humanitarian

New analysis published today by Development Initiatives shows that while total international humanitarian assistance increased again in 2016, the pace of growth has slowed. Only four of the 10 government donors that provided the most assistance in 2015 increased their contributions in 2016, and there was a significant decrease in contributions from others. The Global […]


Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2017

Humanitarian

Welcome to the Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2017. This annual report is a leading resource for understanding humanitarian financing and related aid flows. One year on from the World Humanitarian Summit, the energy that brought people together around the UN Secretary-General’s Agenda for Humanity is still evident. Multiple processes have catalysed efforts to define, implement […]