NGO

GHA Report 2012: reflections from Edmund Cairns

Humanitarian

Like all landmark reports, the GHA Report’s greatest value is not really what it says about the year under review. Rather, it is what it reveals about the longer-term trends facing the humanitarian world. This is particularly true with GHA Report 2012, which would be horribly easy to misread – and hence lead us to […]


Somali CAP appeal and support to local organisations

Humanitarian

On a visit to Kenya this year I spoke to a local Somali NGO that received funding from the humanitarian response fund (HRF), an in-country financing mechanism enabling donors to pool their humanitarian assistance. The HRF was in operation until June 2010, after which it was converted into a common humanitarian fund (CHF), a strategic […]


Funding according to needs: the Niger food crisis 2010

Humanitarian

Niger is facing a severe food crisis following a drought and crop failure in late 2009, compounded by flooding in August. According to the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP), almost 50% of the population of Niger are in need of food aid this year. A major humanitarian response has mobilised and around US$251 million in humanitarian […]


How much aid does the UK spend through the multilateral system?

Humanitarian

In 2008, the United Kingdom’s total official development assistance (ODA) reached just under US$11 billion, excluding debt relief. The larger (62.3%) share (US$6.8 billion) was provided in the form of non-core funding – earmarked and lightly earmarked contributions channelled through UN and other multilateral agencies as well as NGOs/CSOs/Red Cross Movement, the public sector and public […]


NGO transparency: a gold star or ‘could do better’?

Humanitarian

When it comes to aid, transparency and accountability are more than just fashionable terminology meant for grandiloquent discourses and dense research papers. It’s commonly accepted that access to clear and timely information is critical for improving the effectiveness of aid and its impact on the ground.  However, recent debates on NGO transparency (or rather the […]


Focus Report 2009 - Public support for humanitarian crises through NGOs

Humanitarian

Most analyses of humanitarian assistance funding focus on the efforts of DAC donors and the relevant multilateral agencies for whom data is readily available. This excludes many sources of humanitarian assistance, notably contributions from non-DAC donors, host communities and direct remittances. This report is about ‘voluntary’ public support – funding given freely by individuals or […]