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.



Funding trends: where does the money come from?

Humanitarian spending is usually a very small portion of financial support provided to a country. Humanitarian funding is a small proportion of overall Official Development Assistance (ODA), and it pales in comparison to development funding, remittances and foreign direct investment. Donor governments, particularly OECD-DAC Member States, tend to provide the largest contributions to humanitarian assistance, but other donors and private organizations are increasing their support. A study of a complex crisis (Iraq) and a natural disaster (Philippines) showed that funding patterns were strikingly similar, with humanitarian assistance being only a small portion of ODA, overshadowed by remittances and/or foreign direct investment.


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