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Global Humanitarian Overview 2018: Six months on

19 Jun 2018


As of 15 June 2018, 21 Humanitarian Response Plans (HRP) and the Syria Regional Refugee & Resilience Plan (3RP) require US$25.39 billion to assist 96.2 million highly vulnerable people. Through the generosity of a wide and geographically diverse group of donors, as of 15 June 2018 the 21 HRPs and the Syria 3RP are funded at $8.25 billion, or 33% of the full sum required - $2 billion more than this time in 2017. This is explained by several factors, including a large contribution to the crisis in Yemen and gradual improvements in reporting of carry-over and unearmarked and multi-year funding. However, HRPs funded at under 20 per cent as of mid-June 2018 are those for Burundi, DRC, Haiti, oPt and Ukraine.

Humanitarian organizations urgently need another $17.14 billion to cover the activities and projects outlined in these response plans. Regional refugee response plans for Burundi, DRC, Nigeria, and South Sudan, together require $2.58 billion to respond to the needs of 4.6 million people. Other appeals drawn up by the UN and partners – the Rohingya Refugee Crisis Joint Response Plan, the Pakistan Transition Plan (humanitarian component), the DPRK Needs and Priorities Plan and the Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Senegal chapters of the Sahel Overview – call for $1.41 billion to assist 10.2 million people.

Concerted efforts have been made in 2018 to diversify funding sources for humanitarian response. Partners and donors have organized and attended high-level events designed to draw funding towards specific crises and discuss crucial policy issues in DRC, Somalia, Syria and the region and Yemen. These events mobilized $7.26 billion for 2018 and $3.44 billion for 2019 and beyond.

In 2018, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has responded to the needs of people affected by natural disasters, drought, displacement, conflict and internal strife in 25 countries. Twenty-five donors have contributed and pledged $390.2 million this year to seventeen operational country-based pooled funds (CBPF) and altogether 467 projects have received funding. Almost three quarters of CBPF allocations this year have been disbursed to NGOs, including 27 per cent ($52.5 million) directly to national and local NGOs. Another quarter was allocated to UN agencies and a smaller portion to Red Cross/Red Crescent organizations.