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  • 22 July 2020

Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2020

The Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2020 frames the crisis financing landscape. It provides a detailed picture of humanitarian needs and financing in 2019 alongside unique analysis of crisis financing to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic response.

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The Covid-19 pandemic is disproportionately impacting people already living in poverty and in fragile or crisis contexts. It is exposing existing vulnerabilities in national and global systems, structures and leadership.

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Executive summary

The humanitarian system is under strain. International humanitarian assistance declined in 2019, UN appeals require more funding than ever and the Covid-19 pandemic is compounding existing crises.

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Chapter One

People and crisis

Learn who is affected by crisis, where they are located and what makes them vulnerable. Explore connections between poverty and protracted crises, and read about trends for displacement in 2019.

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Chapter Two

International humanitarian assistance

Understand the latest trends for international humanitarian assistance – including analysis on total volumes and how these compare with appeal requirements, as well as the largest donors and recipient countries.

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Chapter Three

Funding for effectiveness and efficiency

Learn about progress on key Grand Bargain commitments, such as direct funding to local and national actors, cash and voucher assistance and flexible funding.

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Chapter Four

Crisis financing to the Covid-19 pandemic response

Read about crisis financing to the Covid-19 pandemic response, including in-depth analysis of appeal requirements, volumes of assistance provided, top donors and recipients, and channels of delivery.

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Chapter Five

Methodology and definitions

Details of the methodology and definitions used in this report – including data sources, acronyms and abbreviations.

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appendix one


Thank you to those who contributed to and supported the publication of this report.

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