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 […]

Are humanitarian agencies ‘value for money’?

The funding gap between rising humanitarian needs and shrinking donor budgets is widening, with recent efforts to present a more targeted approach to global appeals. It is debated whether the scare resources are targeted impartially to where humanitarian assistance is needed most or whether political interests make some crisis the priority and others neglected. Despite […]

Prioritisation is driving a lower funding requirement

Just before the start of each calendar year, the global scale of humanitarian needs and response is summarised in the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO). And each year this comes with a price tag. But for the first time in the past decade, the cost of meeting humanitarian needs has fallen in this yearly snapshot. The […]

Humanitarian Recession Index: 2023 Update

Humanitarian Funding Forecast is updating its Underfunded Crisis Index. The Humanitarian Recession Index is a way to understand which humanitarian sectors are moving backwards in terms of funding. A ‘real recession’ is defined as two consecutive years of a growing funding gap for a sector. The Index helps us understand which sectors are failing to […]

Underfunded Crisis Index: 2023 Update

Humanitarian Funding Forecast is updating its Underfunded Crisis Index. The Underfunded Crisis Index is a way to measure and compare the underfunding of humanitarian crises. It can help us to understand which crises are underfunded compared to how much funding they require to meet needs, and therefore help to advocate for more funding to the […]

No, we are not ‘halfway through the year’ in July

It is often said around July and August that we’re more than halfway through the year, and a humanitarian sector or response plan is only funded by a small amount. Here’s a link to the Protection Cluster saying that, ‘as of mid-2022, only 28% of activities have been funded’. Or how about the oPt HRP […]