Years of conflict and unresolved ethnic differences have contributed to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people within Myanmar and to neighboring countries. Humanitarian needs, mainly related to violence and conflict, are most pronounced in Kachin and Rakhine States.
Despite these challenges, donor support for humanitarian action in Myanmar has been lacking. For example, UN agencies reported that humanitarian activities only received 47 per cent of required funding in 2013.
In January 2014, CERF allocated US$5.5 million from its Underfunded Emergencies window to help humanitarian partners sustain emergency aid operations in Myanmar. In 2013, Myanmar received almost $8 million from CERF.