World humanitarian data and trends 2014

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This publication presents global and country-level data and trend analysis relevant to humanitarian assistance. Its purpose is to bring this information together in one place and present it in an accessible way. It is intended to establish a common baseline of humanitarian data that allow for comparisons across time. This data can be used to help support humanitarian policy decisions and provide country-level context that can support operational decision-making.



Languages - the communication challenge

Communicating with affected communities is a challenge for international aid workers. In 2013, there was an average of 59 living languages (or dialects) spoken in countries with an appeal. In six countries (Afghanistan, Mauritania, occupied Palestinian territory, Somalia, Syria and Yemen), the language of official UN correspondence was not the same as the country’s official language(s). The language barrier also extends to oral communications, creating a need for international humanitarians to work closely with local partners to ensure that communication channels with affected communities remain open.


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