Humanitarian Recession Index: 2023 Update1 min read

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 keep up with the scale of humanitarian needs, and therefore can help us advocate for sectors which are falling behind.

The 2023 index shows that:

  • Most sectors experienced growth due to the wider humanitarian uplift
  • 9 of 16 humanitarian sectors still receive less than one third of funding needed
  • Funding to the GBV sector continues to decline relative to needs
  • Three sectors closed their funding gap for the second year in a row:

Click below to see the index.


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