Most read reports
- The State of Humanitarian Journalism (October 2018)
- UNHCR and IOM appeal to European leaders to tackle Mediterranean deaths
- New regional framework will strengthen UNFPA response to Horn of Africa and Yemen crises
- Food costs should cause “shock and outrage” as countries in conflict see spiralling prices
- The State of Food and Agriculture 2018 - Migration, Agriculture and Rural Development
Strengthen local action
The gap between global humanitarian needs and available resources is widening. ‘Business as usual’ is not an option; a new approach is required. Investing in local action and local capacity is a key part of the solution.
On October 13, during the World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings in Bali, Indonesia, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres opened a high-level panel discussion highlighting the Famine Action Mechanism, a new global mechanism dedicated to preventing future famines.
According to Guterres, while efforts to reduce overall poverty are working, the risk of famine continues to threaten more people.
Our vision: We envisage a world where aid and development information is transparent, available and used for effective decision-making, public accountability and lasting change for all citizens.
Our mission: To promote aid and development finance information that is transparent, available and usable.
Our strategic pillars:
1) Fulfilling the promise: Collaborating to ensure that data is used to contribute to improved development outcomes and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Opinion: For cash transfers to work, we can't ignore gender
"We know that gender inequalities mean that disasters and conflicts affect populations differently. As humanitarian actors, we must carefully consider the ways emergencies can exacerbate women’s and girls’ existing vulnerabilities and create new risks for all, including men and boys. If we do not, we risk delivering responses that are ineffective — or worse still, harmful.
We are only just beginning to understand the relationship between gender and cash transfer programming, or CTP.
FUNDING REQUIRED $25.32B
FUNDING RECEIVED $10.63B
UNMET REQUIREMENTS COVERAGE $14.69B
PEOPLE IN NEED 133.8M
PEOPLE TO RECEIVE AID 97.4M
COUNTRIES AFFECTED 41
Spotlight on the recent disaster in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
The ‘Ask The Expert’ series features leading specialists who work at the Commonwealth Secretariat in specialised areas. In this fourth edition, Travis Mitchell, Head of Economic Policy and Small States, talks about the priority areas that will be discussed at this year’s Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting.
This year’s Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting will focus on ‘Enhancing National Capacity to Reduce Disaster Risk’. What challenges Commonwealth countries face in terms of disaster risk management?
(New York, 1 October 2018): The Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) has finalised allocations totalling $80 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for humanitarian response to some of the UN's least well-funded 2018 response plans across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The decision confirms provisional allocations the ERC made earlier in the year. The funds will sustain and scale up aid operations across 9 countries, providing support to approximately 2.8 million people displaced by internal or international conflict or suffering from food security or health crises.
Item 73 (b) of the provisional agenda*
Promotion and protection of all human rights; human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms
Saving lives is not a crime
Note by the Secretary-General
(New York, 26 September 2018): Today, during the UN General Assembly High-Level side event on the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), UN Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres, delivered an improvised and heartfelt speech calling for increased support for CERF as a critical way to improve early humanitarian action – even before disasters strike. Member States responded by reaffirming their commitment to CERF, including with new financial pledges.
UN Headquarters, New York, 26 September 2018
Let me offer five points of summary from the discussion.
Firstly, CERF is the first and aspires to continue to be the fastest. It was the first contributor to the Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of Congo in March/April this year. Just a few days after the massive influx of Rohingya to Cox’s Bazar from 25th August last year, CERF was one of the first to make an allocation. And CERF was one of the first to leverage funds for the hurricanes in the Caribbean last September.
What I would like to give is my testimony. I was for ten years the High Commissioner for Refugees. There are not many things that work well in the world and there are not many things that work well even in the United Nations. But there is one thing that I can guarantee from the point of view of someone that has benefitted from the work of it, that really it works very well, it’s the CERF (Central Emergency Response Fund).
“We must not get carried away: we are not winning the war against global hunger.”
The African Development Bank called on global partners to join hands to lift one billion people worldwide out of hunger and said it was leading the way by investing US$24 billion in African agriculture over the next 10 years in the largest such effort ever.
“We are not winning the war against global hunger,” Bank President Akinwumi Adesina told an agriculture conference at Purdue University in Indianapolis on Tuesday, 25 September.
Government ministers, donors and development banks all gave support to the innovative International Finance Facility for Education at a UN event.
A bold funding plan to get 200 million children into school took a giant leap forward when it was backed at the United Nations yesterday by world leaders, the business community and international donors.
UN Headquarters, New York, 23 September 2018
Question: You have highlighted the importance of pre-arranged financing to make communities more resilient. How does the Famine Action Mechanism feed into these efforts?
We need to build resilience and we need faster development.
We also need to rid the world of the scourge of famine.
When you boil it down There are three things that we need to do, all of which our panelists have touched on.
Governments now have access to a large and growing range of financing instruments for rapidly mobilizing funds in the aftermath of a disaster. Instruments like reserve funds, contingent lines of credit, and insurance programs are critical for financing relief, recovery and reconstruction efforts, and they have a demonstrated impact on the ability of governments to manage large-scale disasters.
Mangkhut Today, Maria Yesterday
En mai 2016, le Sommet humanitaire mondial a appelé à un changement dans la gestion, la planification et la mise en œuvre de l’action humanitaire. Dans son rapport Une seule humanité, des responsabilités partagées 1 , en amont de ce sommet, le Secrétaire général des Nations unies a lancé un appel mondial afin de « changer la vie des gens : passer de la fourniture de l’aide à la fin des besoins ».
Flexible, dependable funding is vital to the success of the work of the IFRC and our National Societies. To facilitate more flexible funding, the IFRC is moving towards a thematic funding model.
What is thematic funding?
Thematic funding for the IFRC consists of pooled funds to support the delivery of results in thematic areas, rather than specific programmes or projects. This provides the IFRC with the flexibility to direct the funds where they are needed, when they are needed.
Experience from emergency operations of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Netherlands Red Cross (NLRC), show the importance of unearmarked funding.