On 6 September 2016 we responded to a funding alert raised due to food insecurity in Kenya.
The alert was raised in response to the failure of two successive rains in the counties of Marsabit, Mandera, Tana River, West Pokot, Kilifi and Turkana. The global Famine Early Warning System Network has predicted that Kenya will face persistent food insecurity in the second half of 2016 with the pastoral and marginal agricultural areas cited as being most vulnerable.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have committed/contributed US$88.7 million of humanitarian assistance to Kenya since the start of 2016. The UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated US$5 million to emergencies in Kenya so far in 2016.
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.