On 13 September 2016 we responded to a funding alert raised due to flooding in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
A typhoon, coupled with low pressure over the northwest of the country, caused the heavy rain that flooded the Tumen River. Around 35,500 houses have been damaged or destroyed, and around 16,000 hectares of cultivable land are flooded.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have committed/contributed US$38.1 million of humanitarian assistance to the DPRK since the start of 2016. Of this, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated US$8.0 million. The UN-coordinated appeal, DPR Korea Needs and Priorities 2016, requests a total of US$117 million, and is currently only 24% funded.
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.