Underfunded Crises: A Look at the Last 5 Years

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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Underfunded Crises: A Look at the Last 5 Years

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Hidden Money: Growth of Multiple Sector Funding

Most of the humanitarian funding recorded in OCHA’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS) is attributed to one sector. This might be Health, or Nutrition, or Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), or one of the many other sectors. But there’s a growing trend of humanitarian funding going to multiple sectors. This could be Health and Nutrition, or […]

Shock Resilient Funding: A COVID Case Study

Don’t keep all your eggs in one basket is an English-language saying that conveys a simple piece of wisdom. One of the things that keeps a system strong and resilient is diversifying. Don’t make everything dependent on one thing. Whether that be not investing all your spare cash in Bitcoin, or an NGO having multiple […]