On 7 April 2015 we responded to a funding alert in response to the IDPs in Nigeria.
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Benue, Plateau and Kaduna, as well as neighbouring states in the north-central and north west regions of Nigeria have experienced an influx of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from north-eastern states as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency. Much of the national and international focus has been given to the north-eastern states; all funding reported to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Financial Tracking Service (FTS) in 2015 specifically for the IDP crisis has been allocated to the conflict-affected north-eastern states.
A secondary wave of displacement is affecting the same states as a result of recent violent conflict between cattle herdsmen and farmers over resources.
According to the UN OCHA’s FTS, donors have committed/contributed US$11.5 million of humanitarian assistance to Nigeria so far in 2015. The UN-coordinated 2015 Strategic Response Plan (SRP) for Nigeria requests US$100.3 million from donors to respond to the crisis. The appeal is currently 10% funded at US$10.3 million, a further US$1.3 million has been contributed or committed outside the appeal.
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.