Underfunded Crises: A Look at the Last 5 Years

If you were to ask me, “Are humanitarian crises underfunded?”, I’d probably say “Sure, that’s like asking me, do you check Twitter as soon as you open your eyes in the morning? Or will there be another Fast and Furious movie? The answer is obviously yes, and it’s unhealthy”. But if you asked me which […]

NEW REPORT – Unprotected: Severe Lack of Funding for Child Protection

Humanitarian Funding Forecast has teamed up with The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, the Global Child Protection Area of Responsibility, and Save the Children to deliver a new report showing the worrying trends in Child Protection funding in conflict-affected areas. Specifically, we’ve worked on looking at forecasts for Child Protection in conflict-affected areas, […]

The Year Ahead 2023: 5 things not in the ‘GHO’

Another year and another Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) is published. The 2023 abridged version (only 19 pages this year!) sets out the funding required, and the number of people in need for the year ahead. But sometimes the most fascinating things to look at are those that are out of sight. We’ve picked out 5 […]

Launch: Cost of Doing Business Index

Humanitarian Funding Forecast is launching its third yearly index: the Cost of Doing Business Index. The index provides a way to understand which humanitarian contexts are more expensive to work in. The 2022 index shows that refugee responses are expensive, whilst flash appeals are cheap; Europe and MENA are expensive places to be, whilst Sub-Saharan […]

Launch: Humanitarian Recession Index

Humanitarian Funding Forecast is launching its secondly yearly index: the Humanitarian Recession Index. The index, based on this story from 2021, provides a way to see whether humanitarian sectors are receiving less funding relative to need. The 2022 index shows that 10 out of 16 humanitarian sectors are in a recession – that is, they […]

How do the big agencies spend their money?

In the past decade, the expenditure of five of the largest humanitarian agencies has ballooned. In 2012, the combined expenditure of WFP, UNICEF, UNHCR, IOM, and ICRC was $12.7bn – a huge amount. Nine years later and the combined expenditure of these agencies was over $25bn. These are vast amounts of money. In the 2012-2021 […]

🚨 NEW: Updated Q3 October 2022 Forecasts

The latest funding forecasts show that most sectors are likely to bring in more funding than they did last year. Mine Action and Early Recovery are forecast to do significantly better than last year, and most sectors are expected to see an uplift. Many sectors have nearly beaten 2021 funding levels already Nearly all higher […]

So you want to be a Humanitarian CEO?

As reported in The New Humanitarian, there are calls for the next head of UNHCR to be a refugee with lived experience as a refugee. But how likely is that? And who is most likely to rise to the top of a humanitarian organisation? You’re in luck if you’re aged around 52 years old, from […]

Why does the humanitarian system need so much money?

In 2022, the UN and humanitarian agencies appealed for a record $47 billion to meet the needs of the 183 million people. This equates to a staggering increase of 223% in funding needed in just the last five years. At the same time humanitarian aid has stalled, increasing the funding gap. What accounts for this […]

Launch: Underfunded Crisis Index

Humanitarian Funding Forecast is launching its first yearly index: the Underfunded Crisis Index. The index, based on this story from 2021, aims to measure which recurring humanitarian crises are consistently underfunded. The 2022 index shows that 5 contexts are chronically underfunded (<40%). This includes three regional refugee response plans (DR Congo, Burundi, and South Sudan), […]

🚨 NEW: Updated Q2 July 2022 Forecasts

Latest analysis by Humanitarian Funding Forecasts shows that most humanitarian sectors in 2022 are forecast to grow more than what we thought at the start of the year. Of the 15 sectors analysed, 9 are forecast to grow more compared to our initial forecasts, 4 sectors have had their forecasts revised down, and another 2 […]