Humanitarian Financing

The OCHA Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA) tracks humanitarian funding flows in the region. These reflect contributions made to emergency funds and humanitarian efforts that are reported to the UN Financial Tracking Service (FTS - 

Strategic Humanitarian Response Plans and Appeals

Currently there are five common humanitarian appeals in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region: Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq, Syria and Yemen.  The appeals in the Strategic Response Plans for these five countries amount to US$3.77 billion for 2014. The two largest appeals are the ones for Syria and Yemen, requesting US$2.28 billion and US$592 million respectively. An appeal of US$104 million for Iraq was launched in February 2014 following the deterioration of the security situation in Anbar Governorate.

In 2013, four appeals were made for Afghanistan, Palestine, Syria and Yemen for the value of US$ 2.98 billion. 

The largest appeal is for Syria, with the Syria Humanitarian Response Plan (SHARP) for 2014 requesting US$2.28 billion to provide humanitarian assistance to 9.3 million people in need inside of Syria. This includes 6.5 million internally displaced persons. The Regional Response Plan for Syrian Refugees (RRP) for 2014 requires US$4.26 billion to respond to up to 4.1 million refugees and 2.7 million people from host communities in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.

The second largest is the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan for 2014, requesting US$592 million to support 7.6 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.

Many governments from the MENA region have become significant humanitarian donors. In 2013, thirteen countries contributed funds to humanitarian appeals worldwide. The amount totaled US$993 million and went to 27 countries requiring humanitarian assistance. The largest donors were Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar with contributions of US$582.5 million combined. The largest recipients were Jordan, Somalia and Yemen, all receiving a total of US$54 million.

Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)

The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) distributed funds in 2013 totaling US$139.4 million to nine countries in the MENA region.  

The largest recipient was Syria with US$40.4 million, followed by Yemen with US$18.8 million. Other recipients include Lebanon with US$17.5 million, Afghanistan with US$16.6 million, Jordan with US$14.7 million, Pakistan with US$13.9 million, Iraq with US$10 million, Palestine with US$4.5 million and Algeria  with US$3 million. 

For more information on humanitarian financing, read our published Regional Humanitarian Bulletins.


Pooled Funds Overview
January - April 2017 [English - Arabic]
2016 [English - Arabic]


Gulf Cooperation Council Countries Humanitarian Funding Update
January - March 2017


Regional Funding Updates
April 2017 [English - Arabic]
February 2017 [English - Arabic]
January 2017 [English - Arabic]
November 2016 [English - Arabic]
September 2016 [English - Arabic
June 2016 [English - Arabic
March - April 2016 [English - Arabic
March 2016 [English - Arabic]
November - December 2015 [English - Arabic]
September - October 2015 [English - Arabic
July - August 2015 [English - Arabic]
May - June 2015 [English - Arabic]
March - April 2015 [English - Arabic]
January - February 2015 [English - Arabic]
November - December 2014 [English - Arabic]
September - October 2014 [English - Arabic
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January-February 2014 [English - Arabic]
December 2013 [EnglishArabic]