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.