Humanitarian Funding Update May 2017- United Nations Coordinated Appeals

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 31 May 2017

United Nations Coordinated Appeals

  • As of 31 May, United Nations Coordinated Appeals and Refugee Response Plans within the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) require US$23.5 billion to meet the humanitarian needs of 101.2 million crisis-affected people in 37 countries. The appeals are funded at $5.7 billion, leaving a shortfall of $17.8 billion. This represents an additional $900 million and higher coverage as compared to the same time last year.

  • Needs and financial requirements have increased in May due to a revision of the Somalia Humanitarian Response Plan 2017 which increased by 80 percent from $864 million to $1.51 billion. Funding has reached $539 million, which is 35.8 percent. The famine risk in Somalia is now elevated due to severe food gaps, high acute malnutrition and high disease burden. About 6.7 million people are now in need of assistance, up from 6.2 million in January. About 1.4 million children are expected to be malnourished this year including 275,000 who will be severely malnourished and need urgent medical treatment.

  • In Afghanistan, the Taliban announced the start of their annual Spring Offensive “Operation Mansouri” on 28 April. Conflict and security incidents are already intensifying and are expected to lead to further displacement. Over 103,000 people have been newly internally displaced so far in 2017.Please see icon overleaf for information on urgent funding needs in Afghanistan, Haiti, Ukraine, DPRK, Myanmar,
    Somalia, Madagascar and Mozambique.

  • As reported to FTS at 31 May, the top funded appeals by percentage coverage are the Niger HRP at 51.4 per cent, South Sudan at 46.7 per cent, Somalia at 35.8 per cent, Burundi at 35.4 percent, and Madagascar FA at 35.2 percent. In contrast, the five least funded response plans are Sudan at 10 per cent, Senegal at 10.7 per cent, Chad at 12.2 percent, Djibouti at 14.2 per cent, and Ukraine at 14.4 per cent. To note, the Burundi RRP is only 5.1 per cent funded.

  • The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) approved nearly $249 million for 25 countries in 2017 so far. This includes $118 million for famine prevention in north-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, making CERF among the fifth largest funding source. CERF released a $22 million loan to FAO to scale up famine prevention in Somalia. In May, CERF disbursed $25 million to Yemen, of which WHO received $3.5 million to support urgent health activities, including cholera. For 2017, 32 donors have contributed a total of $286 million to CERF, and approximately $47 million remain as pledges. CERF projects an estimated funding shortfall of $39 million.

  • As of end May, 20 donors contributed a total of $306 million (including $78 million in pledges) to the 18 active country-based pooled funds (CBPFs) for 2017. More than $137 million has already been allocated to humanitarian partners. Of that amount, 51 per cent went to international NGOs, 26 per cent to UN organizations, 21 per cent directly to local and national NGOs, and 2 per cent to Red Cross/ Red Crescent Movement organizations. Another $104 million worth of project proposals are currently being reviewed across the funds, including $42 million for Iraq and $19 million for Syria through the Syria and Turkey CBPFs. Real-time information on CBPF contributions and allocations is available on

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