On the 29 October 2015 we responded to a funding alert in response to an earthquake in northern regions of Pakistan: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit Baltistan, Azad Jammu Kashmir and Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have committed or contributed US$281.4 million of humanitarian assistance to Pakistan so far in 2015. The UN-coordinated Pakistan Humanitarian Strategic Plan 2015 requested US$433.8 million from donors to respond to humanitarian needs.
There are currently no specified financial pledges in response to the earthquake reported; however pledges of assistance both to Afghanistan and Pakistan have been reported from China, India and the United Nations.
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.