On 22 March 2016 we responded to a funding alert in response to drought in Somalia (including Somaliland).
About 731,000 Somalis face acute food insecurity while an additional 2.3 million people are at risk of sliding into the same situation, bringing the number of Somalis in need to about 3 million (WHO, 2015 Humanitarian Needs Overview), specifically agro-pastoralist and pastoralist communities.
According to the United Nation’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have committed/contributed US$156.4 million of humanitarian assistance to Somalia since the start of 2016. The three largest donors in 2016 so far are the United Kingdom (US$39.0 million), the EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO; US$32.4 million) and Germany (US$16.4 million). In 2015, a total of US$608.6 million was committed/contributed to Somalia.
The UN-coordinated Somalia Humanitarian Response Plan for 2016 has requested US$885 million from donors. The appeal is currently 11% covered at US$97 million. A further US$59.3 million was committed or contributed outside of 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.