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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Global Humanitarian Overview - Afghanistan

02 Dec 2021


Children whose families have been displaced by violence fetch water in a village near Kandahar, Afghanistan (2019). © OCHA/Charlotte Cans

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 2 December 2021

Global Humanitarian Overview

This morning, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs launched its annual Global Humanitarian Overview, an assessment of global humanitarian needs in 2022, how we plan to respond to them, and what it will cost.

As the report details, 274 million people worldwide will need emergency assistance and protection in 2022, a 17 per cent increase compared with last year.

The 2022 Global Humanitarian Overview estimates that US$41 billion is required to provide relief and protection to the 183 million people most in need around the world. The report includes 37 response plans covering 63 countries.

Through projects carried out by the UN, non-governmental organizations, Governments and the private sector at the country level, 107 million people living in countries experiencing humanitarian crises have been reached thus far in 2021 – 70 per cent of the target.

So far in 2021, donors have provided more than $17 billion for projects included in the Global Humanitarian Overview. But funding remains less than half of what the UN and partner organizations have requested.


OCHA reports that aid distributions and needs assessments are continuing across Afghanistan, with a focus on food and cash assistance, non-food items, and water, sanitation and hygiene supplies.  

Since 25 November, the UN and partners have provided food assistance to approximately 280,000 people in Baghlan, Takhar, Badakshan and Parwan provinces. This week, distributions of cash and winter assistance, household items, and water, sanitation and hygiene supplies were also completed for an estimated 20,000 people in Kabul, Parwan and Ghor provinces. People receiving aid include internally displaced people and other vulnerable communities. 

Meanwhile, some 15,000 people, including internally displaced people, drought-affected people, returnees, vulnerable host communities, and female, child, elderly and disabled head of households in Baghlan, Kunduz, Badakshan and Balkh provinces will receive humanitarian assistance including food and cash in the coming days.  

The Afghanistan Flash Appeal, which identified prioritized needs between September and December 2021, requires US$606 million, and is 113 per cent funded ($683 million). The Afghanistan Humanitarian Response Plan, which was launched at the beginning of this year, requires $869 million, and is currently 84 per cent funded ($730 million). The two appeals complement one another, identifying 18.4 million people in need and targeting 17.7 million people – a goal that expected to be achieved by the end of year.

As part of the 2022 Global Humanitarian Overview launched today, Afghanistan is one of the largest emergencies in the world. In 2022, 24.4 million people will need humanitarian assistance. Of these, humanitarian partners have planned to reach 22.1 million people with urgent humanitarian support, requiring $4.4 billion.