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World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2016

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World Humanitarian Data and Trends is an annual OCHA publication, which highlights major trends in the nature of humanitarian crises, their underlying causes and drivers, and the actors that participate in crises prevention, response and recovery. Beyond providing statistics, the report uses infographics to display trend analyses that show 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 sources and partners. The report is structured in three main sections: 'the year in review', which provides an overview of the humanitarian landscape in terms of funding, capacity, crises and appeals, a ‘regional perspectives’ section and ‘trends, challenges and opportunities’, which provides case studies on issues that impact humanitarian operations. The report is anchored in the Agenda for Humanity, launched at the World Humanitarian Summit held in May 2016. Highlights for 2016 include a new case studies on the development profile of people in humanitarian need, the protection of healthcare in emergencies, gender-based violence, disability in humanitarian action and financing local actors. The report aims to provide a "one-stop" shop for policy makers, researchers and humanitarian practitioners to have an evidence-base and advocacy tools for humanitarian assistance. This report is one part of OCHA's efforts to improve data and analysis on humanitarian situations worldwide.

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Humanitarian action in conflict situations: Debunking the myth

Conventional wisdom argues that humanitarian action mostly takes place in conflict situations. An oft-quoted phrase that attempts to support this argument is that 80 per cent of humanitarian action takes place in conflict situations. The origin of this argument can be traced to a financial statistic used in the report of the Secretary-General on strengthening the coordination of humanitarian assistance of the United Nations (A/69/80): “Between 2002 and 2013, 86 per cent of resources requested through United Nations appeals were destined to humanitarian action in conflict situations ($83 billion out of $96 billion).”

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