World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2015

Information Gap

Due to the complexity of humanitarian crises, there are many gaps in the available information. Even the concepts of humanitarian needs and assistance are flexible, and there are also inherent biases in the information. To truly understand and measure impact, the humanitarian community will need to continue working on better standards and ways of collecting, sharing and using data.

Results: these elements describe the desired results, as a result of humanitarian action
Practice: these elements describe the desired behaviour and approach for any actor in achieving results.
Enablers: These are some of the essential enabled that must be part of the operating environment in order to achieve results.

Framework of Effectiveness

The elements above summarize the study's findings on critical aspects of humanitarian effectiveness. The five policy shifts are meant to support these three tiers of results, practice, and enablers.

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The Challenges We Face Today

World Humanitarian
Data and Trends

Highlights major trends challenges and opportunities in the nature of humanitarian crises, showing how the humanitarian landscape is evolving in a rapidly changing world.


Building a Better Tomorrow

Leaving no one behind:
Humanitarian Effectiveness in the age
of the sustainable development goals

Exploring what humanitarian effectiveness means in today's world ‐ better meeting the needs of people in crisis, better moving people out of crisis.



The cost of humanitarian assistance

The budget for humanitarian operations now surpasses the budget for peacekeeping operations by approximately $2 billion.

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Long-term trends in conflict

The number of political conflicts, particularly intra-State political conflicts, has steadily increased by 18 conflicts per year.

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The impact of Explosive Weapons

The impact of explosive weapons on civilian populations.

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Tools for data coordination and collection

Skype and Ebola: In August 2014, members of the humanitarian community began the Ebola IM/GIS Skype group.

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Social Media

Social Media and humanitarian disasters: Typhoon Ruby.

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Don't replace

existing capacities and coping strategies.

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With an Exit

Collaborate to reduce and end humanitarian need.

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Comparative Advantage

Strengthen connectivity and strategic leadership.

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360 Degrees

Of Humanity

Adopt a holistic, localized analysis of needs and risks.

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Shared Results

For Collective Accountability

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