On 18 August 2015 we responded to a funding alert for severe flooding in the Kadiogo and Houet provinces in Burkina Faso. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS) and the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO)’s European Emergency Disaster Response Information System (EDRIS), no funding to Burkina Faso has been reported since severe flooding began in the country at the end of July.
Donors have committed/contributed US$36.3 million of international humanitarian assistance to Burkina Faso so far in 2015 – a decline of one third from the same point in 2014. The UN-coordinated Burkina Faso Strategic Response Plan (SRP) 2015 requests US$98.8 million to meet the identified needs of 900,000 people. It is currently 26% funded at US$26.4 million. The Sahel Regional Appeal 2015, which covers Burkina Faso, requests an additional US$10.3 million in funding for the Sahel region and is 15% funded. Burkina Faso has received no Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocations in 2015 thus far. However, the country received US$4.9 million of CERF funding under the rapid response window following major flooding in 2009 that led to the launch of an UN-consolidated flash 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.