A study of humanitarian financing for older people and people with disabilities, 2010–2011

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The purpose of humanitarian assistance is to enable people to survive crises and disasters, with an impartial focus on those who are most at risk. This study quantifies the funding provided by donors to meet the humanitarian needs of two of the most vulnerable groups: older people and people with disabilities. It does so by analysing the amount of humanitarian funding targeted at these two groups through the UN Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP) and Flash Appeals in 2010 and 2011.

A similar study was conducted by HelpAge International on the humanitarian funding provided for older people from 2007 to 2010.1 That study found a significant disparity between the needs of older people as a vulnerable group and the humanitarian assistance delivered to meet those needs. Of the total CAP and Flash Appeal funds analysed in 2007 to 2010 in selected countries, just 0.2 per cent was allocated to projects that included an activity specifically targeted at older people.

The current research and the previous HelpAge study are not directly comparable as they looked at different countries. However, the present analysis echoes the findings of the earlier report – that older people’s needs are largely being overlooked by the humanitarian system.