Humanitarian assistance

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


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?


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


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


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


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 […]

Data and trends: Financing to meet needs


Date Wednesday 21 June 2017 Time 18:00−19:15 CEST Location Room XXIII, Building E, Palais des Nations, Geneva About The side event will present up-to-date trends in humanitarian financing drawing upon key findings from the Global Humanitarian Assistance 2017 Report and the Global Humanitarian Overview 2017 Status Report, and set the context for the current state […]

Baseline report: Implementing and monitoring the Grand Bargain commitment on transparency


As part of the Grand Bargain, signatory organisations agreed to work towards greater transparency by improving the quality, availability and use of data on humanitarian funding. Greater transparency will enhance accountability and decision-making and, critically, contribute to improving humanitarian effectiveness. As a first step, signatories agreed to publish timely, transparent, harmonised and open high-quality data […]

A new home for Development Initiatives’ work on humanitarian financing


Our analysis on humanitarian assistance and related aid flows can now be found on DI’s main website at This new section of the DI website replaces the Global Humanitarian Assistance website and builds on our work to highlight the importance of links between the humanitarian and development sectors. Our humanitarian financing work provides independent […]

Failing to deliver on Financing for Development commitments


Most humanitarian crises are protracted or recurrent and the majority of humanitarian assistance is provided year-on-year over the medium to long term: 91 percent of humanitarian assistance from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Development Assistance Committee donors went to long- and medium-term recipients in 2014 (the year for which data is most recently available). […]

Workshops: Working together to improve humanitarian transparency


We are hosting two consultation workshops in New York and Washington DC to bring together humanitarian data publishers and users to explore the rationale, use and benefits of IATI Standard. New York Date Wednesday 26 April 2017 Time 10.30−15.00 EST Location UNDP, 304 East 45th Street, FF1507, New York, NY 10017   Washington DC Date […]