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World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2015

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This publication highlights major trends in the nature of humanitarian crises, their causes and drivers, and participation in crisis prevention, response and recovery. Beyond providing statistics, the trend analysis shows how the humanitarian landscape is evolving and how the humanitarian system can be more effective in a rapidly changing world. Data used in the report comes from a variety of sourcess. Highlights for 2015 include case studies on long-term trend analysis of the humanitarian context in terms of conflicts and natural disasters, the humanitarian footprint in the Middle East, coordination of online volunteers during the Ebola response and the anatomy of cycles of displacement.

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The cost of humanitarian assistance

The humanitarian system has continued to professionalize and grow. Since 2004, the number of people targeted for assistance has more than doubled to reach 82.5 million in 2015, but the increase in funding requirements has risen at a much faster rate. In the same time frame, the cost of humanitarian assistance increased sixfold, from $3.4 billion to $19.5 billion. However, the number of inter-agency appeals has remained relatively stable at an average of 30 per year. Within the context of UN peace operations,* humanitarian action is the costliest activity. For example, in 2014, inter-agency appeal funding was more than $10 billion, while funding for peacekeeping operations stood at $8 billion.

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