Humanitarian Appeal 2006
This year has been a year like no other for humanitarian action, bracketed by devastating disasters – the Indian Ocean tsunami in the final days of 2004 and the South Asia earthquake of October 2005, on top of the worst hurricane season in living memory – and stretching all humanitarian agencies to their maximum capacity and beyond. Funding, led by private donations for the tsunami, reached unprecedented worldwide totals – but because the majority of funds were earmarked for the tsunami, most agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) still lacked sufficient funding to assist millions of people struck by other crises. Victims of conflict saw improvements in some regions, while other conflicts intensified, worsening the human cost. Angola, emerging from a war that stretched back to the 1970s, had its first year since 1993 without a consolidated appeal. Formerly warring parties in Sudan signed a peace accord and entered a period of reconciliation, return and reintegration of refugees and displaced people, and recovery – while a separate conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region deteriorated again and continues to be one of the world’s most serious crises. Effects of the insurgency in Nepal worsened, leading to that country’s first consolidated appeal. In the midst of this year, a broad-ranging review of humanitarian action laid down blueprints for improved coordination and response. Humanitarian action continues to become more effective, professional, and efficient. The rationale for consolidated appeals remains straightforward and relevant: to avoid competing and overlapping appeals, and to provide a framework for strategic, coordinated, and inclusive programming. All Consolidated Appeals comprise strategic action plans and specific project proposals by both NGOs and UN agencies.
For 2006, 18 programmes require a total of $ 4.7 billion to ensure that 31 million people in 26 countries get the best available protection and assistance, on time. In addition to new requirements for 2006, some $ 766 million is still required for five flash appeals issued in 2005 and which extend into the coming year.
This may seem like a lot of money – but in fact, it’s the same as asking each person in the world’s wealthy countries to donate the cost of two cups of coffee.