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Global Humanitarian Overview 2021, December Update


The Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) for 2021 was launched on 1 December 2020 to help 160 million of the 235 million most vulnerable people who face hunger, conflict, displacement, the impacts of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic in 56 countries. As of 31 December, adjusted requirements for 45 appeals were $37.7 billion to assist 174 million of the 250 million people in need in 59 countries.

Funding for the GHO 2021 was $18.2 billion or 48 per cent of requirements at the end of December, with significant new funding reported since the end of November for the Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Ethiopia plans, as well as the plans for the Syria Region and Rohingya crises. Both the amount received for the GHO and the coverage of needs are higher than at the same time in 2020 ($17.9 billion and 46 per cent, respectively). Coverage of the plans in the GHO varies widely, with only 20 out of 45 appeals funded at or above the global average.

Total reported humanitarian funding of $26.4 billion is also higher than at the end of December 2020 ($25.7 billion).

The GHO 2022 launched on 2 December 2021 requires $41 billion to assist 183 million of the 235 million people in need in 63 countries.

The full document, as well as abridged versions in Arabic, English, French and Spanish, can be downloaded on the dedicated GHO website. The complete interactive datasets - covering the global trends and the inter-agency coordinated appeals data - are available for download at Humanitarian Data Exchange.

Recordings and resources from the simultaneous launch events in Geneva, Berlin, Brussels, London, Stockholm, and Washington, D.C. are available at the OCHA website.


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