• Crisis briefing
  • 22 May 2015

Tanzania refugee crisis

On 21 May 2015 we responded to a funding alert in response to the Burundian refugee crisis in Tanzania.

The announcement of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza running for an unconstitutional third term in the June 2015 presidential elections has led to public unrest and threats forcing thousands of Burundians to seek refuge in neighbouring countries.

On 17 May 2015, UNHCR announced that over 70,000 Burundian refugees had arrived in Tanzania since the start of the unrest in early April. A Tanzanian regional health official has announced that 33 Burundian refugees have died from the cholera outbreak in a refugee camp in northwest Tanzania.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), EU Institutions (ECHO) are the only donor to Tanzania in 2015, committing/contributing US$3.3 million to the crisis. There is currently no UN-coordinated appeal for Tanzania in 2015.

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.