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Local and national actors are often the primary responders in a crisis yet only directly receive a small proportion of international humanitarian assistance funding. The Grand Bargain calls for a global target of 25% of humanitarian funding to go “as directly as possible” to local and national responders by 2020. Analysis from Development Initiatives’ Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2018 provides an indication of trends in direct funding to local and national responders.
“The more we know about how money is channelled through the global humanitarian system, the better equipped we are to allocate resources effectively and measure results. For donors to provide more flexible and predictable funding they need reliable, real-time, prioritised, comparable and open data on the needs that they are being asked to finance and the results produced by their funding” – Too important to fail – addressing the humanitarian financing gap,
OCHA’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), the Centre for Humanitarian Data, IATI technical team and Development Initiatives are running a pilot project that aims to provide an automated way for organizations to publish information about their humanitarian funding and activities. Over the course of 2018, five organizations will trial using the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) standard to share data with OCHA’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS).
In this factsheet we provide an overview of key trends in official development assistance (ODA) emerging from the April 2017 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) data release.
ODA levels fell slightly in 2017 compared with 2016, the first year-on-year fall in net ODA since 2011–2012 due to an 11% reduction in reported spending on refugees within OECD DAC member countries.
Without a reduction in reported refugee spending, ODA would have risen slightly.
Official development assistance (ODA) levels fell slightly in 2017 compared with 2016, the first year-on-year fall in net ODA since 2011–2012.
This fall was due to an 11% reduction in reported spending on refugees within OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) member countries.
Without this reduction in reported refugee spending, ODA would have risen slightly.
18 out of 29 DAC member states saw a reduction in ODA levels in 2017.
What percentage of aid reaches the intended recipient country? Our methodology tool can be used to calculate this, but more aid data transparency is needed.
At the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul in May 2016, leading donor governments, non-governmental organisation (NGO) networks, and multilateral and UN agencies agreed the ‘Grand Bargain: A Shared Commitment to Better Serve People in Need’. This includes a set of proposals and commitments to increase the transparency of humanitarian financing.
Grand Bargain commitments on greater transparency
The Grand Bargain commitment states the following:
Aid organisations and donors commit to:
1. El mundo se enfrenta a una situación nutricional grave, pero los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible ofrecen una oportunidad sin precedentes para cambiarla.
The Global Nutrition Report 2017, launched today at the Global Nutrition Summit in Milan, Italy, highlights the need for an urgent and integrated response to global nutrition if we are to meet the Sustainable Development Goals of Agenda 2030.
With almost every country in the world facing a serious nutrition-related challenge, whether from undernutrition or obesity, the report authors call for a critical change in the global response to malnutrition in all its forms and action throughout the goals to tackle the many causes of malnutrition.
Children and young people growing up outside of their family environment remain virtually invisible in official statistics, leaving governments without the necessary information to tackle the challenges these children face and respond to their needs so that they can thrive.
New analysis published today by Development Initiatives shows that while total international humanitarian assistance increased again in 2016, the pace of growth has slowed. Only four of the 10 government donors that provided the most assistance in 2015 increased their contributions in 2016, and there was a significant decrease in contributions from others.
As part of continuing efforts to track and better understand donor financing for nutrition, DI has analysed the latest nutrition aid spending by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).
This analysis was conducted by Development Initiatives as part of the Maximising the Quality of Scaling up Nutrition Plus (MQSUN+) programme.
Following Development Initiatives’ strategic review and launch of the new DI brand, we have integrated our work on humanitarian assistance into our wider portfolio on crisis, risk, resilience, peace and security, and domestic financing.
Our analysis on humanitarian assistance and related aid flows can now be found on DI’s main website at devinit.org/themes/humanitarian. This new section of the DI website replaces the Global Humanitarian Assistance website and builds on our work to highlight the importance of links between the humanitarian and development sectors.
In this factsheet we provide an overview of key trends in official development assistance (ODA) emerging from the provisional 2017 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) data release.
Total net ODA from DAC donors in 2016 was US$142.62 billion (US$143.33 billion in constant 2015 prices), up 8.9% on 2015 figures.
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$1.94 billion of humanitarian assistance to Syria in 2016.
62% was channelled through the 2016 UN-coordinated Syria Humanitarian Response Plan.
The US is the largest donor in 2016 with commitments/contributions of US$521 million.
What evidence and data are available on people affected by forced displacement? Where are resources allocated? What funding mechanisms are available? Where must data be strengthened for an effective and sustainable response?
Rising levels of forced displacement drive increased emergency financing requirements
Most displaced people globally are in the Middle East and Africa
There are more displaced people in middle income than in low or high income countries
People living in poverty are hardest hit by disasters and insecurity, which in turn make them more vulnerable to future shocks and deeper poverty. At least 76% of people living in extreme poverty – around 677 million people – are estimated to live in countries that are either politically fragile, environmentally vulnerable or both. However, the real number is likely to be much higher, since it is often those most at risk who are missing from poverty data.
Development Initiatives has today released figures based on new data to show that the total amount of international humanitarian assistance given last year reached a record amount of US$28bn. This is the third consecutive annual rise in funding, yet despite this record amount, shortfalls in funding requested by the United Nations via their coordinated appeals grew to an unprecedented level of 45%.
New data was released today by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) on global aid spending. The data shows that official development assistance (ODA; also known as aid) spending on refugees in donor countries overall has more than doubled to US$13.9 billion between 2014 and 2015. However, this has not come at the expense of other aid spending. Even when excluding the spending on refugees in country, total ODA has still risen by US$2.2 billion or 1.7%.