On 1 June 2015 we responded to a funding alert in response to the influx of refugees to Cameroon.
Because of the increase of violence caused by the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria, UNHCR have estimated that Cameroon is hosting more than 74,000 Nigerian refugees and more than 244,000 refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR).
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have committed/contributed US$109.2 million of humanitarian assistance to Cameroon so far in 2015. The United States is the top donor, contributing/committing US$50 million to the crisis.
The UN-coordinated Strategic Response Plan (SRP) for Cameroon requests US$264 million from donors to respond to the crisis. It is currently 31% funded at US$82.4 million; US$1 million remains in uncommitted pledges and a further US$26.8 million has been given 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.