humanitarian need

Funding for the Iraq Strategic Response Plan: from too much to not enough

Humanitarian

In September this year, funding for the humanitarian response in Iraq was looking good. The Strategic Response Plan (SRP) for Iraq in 2014 was 198% funded, with total contributions of US$618 million against a revised funding request of US$312 million. Mainly due to a one-off contribution of US$500 million from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia […]


Can we predict humanitarian need?

Humanitarian

Predicting where humanitarian crises will happen and understanding why they are likely to occur is fundamental in knowing where to allocate resources for risk and response.  There are a number of different tools and indices which seek to do this, but this week INFORM – an important new risk-management initiative – appeared on the humanitarian […]


Quarter of Syrian crisis funds pledged at Kuwait II not yet committed

Humanitarian

Ten months on from the Second International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria held in Kuwait in January 2014 (‘Kuwait II’), which aimed to generate immediate funding, a quarter of funds pledged have not been committed (US$ 593 million). This is, however, a significant improvement from the situation six months ago in March 2014, when more […]


One week on from the Cairo International Conference on Palestine

Humanitarian

A staggering US$5.4 billion was pledged at the Cairo International Conference on Palestine, themed “Reconstructing Gaza”, on 12 October 2014. This amount far exceeded the US$4.0 billion requested by the Palestinian authorities and came despite concerns of donor fatigue following three major conflicts in Gaza in five years. Qatar’s US$1 billion pledge during the conference […]


Closing the needs-based funding gap

Humanitarian

Lydia Poole, an independent consultant, writes a guest blog to outline the key findings from her recent report for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) – Bridging the need-based funding gap: NGO field perspectives. With a growing burden of humanitarian needs, ensuring that those most in need receive assistance may never have been so critical. Already […]


UN appeals 2014 - different process, greater needs

Humanitarian

This year’s United Nation ‘appeal’ document represents the largest call for funds to date – US$12.9 billion, an increase of US$4.4 billion on last year. This was largely due to the enormous needs in Syria, where US$6.5 billion is required to meet the needs of Syrians inside the country and of refugees in neighbouring countries. […]


The world needs more accessible information

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Each year, 19 August marks World Humanitarian Day – a tribute to the work of humanitarians worldwide and to those that have lost their lives working or living in conflict and crises. This year’s campaign asks sponsors to choose a word that represents something they feel the world needs more of, by completing the phrase, […]


ATHA Webcast - Follow the Money: How has aid measured up in 2012

Humanitarian

The GHA Report 2012 was featured in the latest webcast from Harvard University’s Advanced Training programme on Humanitarian Action (ATHA). The report was used as a focal point for wider discussion on the capacity of current funding systems to meet humanitarian needs. The three panellists, Tasneem Mowjee (policy2practice), Robert Smith (UN OCHA) and Julia Steets […]