DFID's Expenditure on Humanitarian Assistance 2008-2009
financial year 2008/09.
A fairly narrow definition of 'humanitarian assistance' has been used as the inclusion criteria for expenditure in this report. It captures the aid that saves lives and alleviates suffering during and in the immediate aftermath of an emergency, such as food aid, shelter, and medical care. This report also includes aid to IDPs and refugees and some de-mining in chronic prolonged emergencies, as well as disaster risk reduction. The analysis excludes the political aspects of post conflict reconstruction and reconciliation activities such as peace-building and governance.
This is the second year this exercise has been carried out across DFID following production of the 2007/08 report. As with the 2007/08 report it was not possible to collect data from DFID central systems. Data has therefore been compiled manually from individual country returns from each DFID division. This means that it is possible that there will be some variation in the way in which 'humanitarian assistance' is interpreted across DFID and therefore some caution should be attached to this analysis; particularly the fact that some figures may vary from DFID central spending analysis from Statistics in Development (SIDs)