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  • Crisis briefing
  • 2 November 2016

Equipping vulnerable Syrians for winter

On 2 November 2016 we responded to a funding alert in response to the need for winterisation in Syria. Approximately 225,000 people have been identified by Mercy Corps as being in need of urgent support before the winter. The main locations affected have been identified as: Quneitra, Wadi Barada, and North Homs (Ar-Rastan, Talbeesa).

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have committed/contributed US$1.94 billion of humanitarian assistance to Syria since the start of 2016.

Read our full analysis of the current funding situation.

Accompanying data is available in Excel and Open Document.


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.

Photo: Russell Watkins/DFID