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 […]

Response Plan Projects: A Red Herring for Localisation

The thing that sets the rhythm of humanitarian crises (or to be more precise: humanitarian coordination) are response plans. There are different types to do with refugee crises, non-refugee related crises and sudden onset crises – you can learn more about the different types here. But the one thing that they have in common is […]