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21 Oct 2016 description

1. Key points

  • According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have committed/contributed US$420.8 million of humanitarian assistance to Somalia since the start of 2016.

  • The United States (US) is the largest donor to Somalia, contributing 19% of total current funding (US$81.8 million).

  • US$12.9 million has been allocated for Somalia from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) in 2016, all of which was under the rapid response emergency window.

06 Sep 2016 description

1. Introduction

There has been growing momentum within the international development policy landscape towards a greater focus on fragile states. The recent reports of the United Nations SecretaryGeneral (UNSG) for the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS)1 and of the UN High Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing2 This builds upon the commitment outlined in the ‘ call for a greater proportion of aid to be targeted towards situations of fragility.

18 May 2016 description

On 18 May 2016 we responded to a funding alert for Somalia, raised in response to floods in the Hiran region. An estimated 3,500 displaced households have been directly affected. An additional 220,000 people living in Beledweyne (up to 36,666 households) are at risk of floods.

24 Mar 2016 description

Key points

  • According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have committed/contributed US$156.4 million of humanitarian assistance to Somalia since the start of 2016. In 2015, a total of US$608.6 million was committed/contributed.

  • The three largest donors in 2016 so far are the United Kingdom (UK; US$39.0 million), the EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO; US$32.4 million) and Germany (US$16.4 million).

15 Sep 2015 description


Crises in the Middle East (Syria and Iraq), disasters caused by natural hazards in Asia, and Ebola in West Africa have recently dominated the international headlines. This paper looks at the numbers behind what has happened with often less reported humanitarian needs and funding in East and Central Africa.

31 Oct 2014 description
  1. Key messages
  • Donors have contributed/committed US$521 million of humanitarian funding to Somalia so far in 2014. None of this funding has been in response to the recent flooding in the country.

  • Donors have contributed/committed US$4.5 million in 2014 for projects that have targeted the Beletweyne District in the Hiran region.

  • So far in 2014, the United States (US) is the top donor to Somalia with contributions/commitments of US$188 million – one third of all humanitarian funding to Somalia this year.

18 Jun 2014 description
  1. Key messages s
  • The Somalia Strategic Response Plan SRP is currently 22% funded; and the Ethiopia Humanitarian Requirements document is 19% funded.

  • US$275m has been reported disbursed to Somalia and US$151m to Ethiopia so far in 2014, very little of this earmarked specifically for the drought affected areas.

  • At the same point last year (2013) the totals were much higher - US$499m for Somalia and US$384m for Ethiopia.

20 Dec 2013 description


This year’s United Nation ‘appeal’ document represents the largest call for funds to date – US$12.9 billion, an increase of US$4.4 billion on last year. This was largely due to the enormous needs in Syria, where US$6.5 billion is required to meet the needs of Syrians inside the country and of refugees in neighbouring countries. There are also marked increases in requirements for the Central African Republic (CAR), and for the Philippines following typhoon Haiyan.

17 Dec 2012 description

The UN consolidated appeals process (CAP) 2013, presented to the donor community on 14 December 2012, includes humanitarian action plans and corresponding funding requirements to meet the needs of 51 million people across 16 major global crises.

26 Nov 2012 description


Affordability, availability, literacy, gender, age, status, cultural preference, political environment and the media/IT/telecoms infrastructure are just some of the dynamics at play in the uptake, choice and use of new technology. Given that these vary so much by context and area, it is hard to draw hard and fast conclusions about the role of new communications technology in humanitarian crises.

20 Mar 2012 description

International spending on disaster risk reduction (DRR) requires dramatic review.

20th March 2012 – The Global Humanitarian Assistance (GHA) programme launches a new report today, Disaster risk reduction: Spending where it should count. The report provides a comprehensive view of the levels of international DRR spending, placed in the context of need and vulnerability, and reveals the shockingly low levels of investment and inequities of funding in this area at a time when the need for enhanced focus on the reduction of risk is paramount.

25 Jul 2011 description

Food security crisis in the Horn of Africa

The UN currently estimates that 11.5 million people in parts of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya and Somalia are severely affected by the major food security crisis and in need of assistance (UNHCR, 17 July 2011). The Horn of Africa has been building since the complete failure of the October-December 2010 rains. Consequent harvest failure was followed by late and erratic rains between March and May 2011.