World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2017

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This publication highlights major trends in the nature of humanitarian crises, their underlying causes and drivers, and the actors that participate in 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. Data in the report come from a variety of sources and partners. The report provides an overview of the humanitarian landscape in terms of funding, capacity, crises and appeals; a 'regional perspectives' section and 'trends, challenges and opportunities' section, which provides a case study on issues that impact humanitarian operations. Highlights for 2017 include new case studies on explosive weapons, humanitarian and development financing in protracted crises, and sexual and reproductive health in emergencies.



Conflict in 2016

Thirty-eight extremely violent political conflicts were ongoing in 2016, marking a decrease of five compared with 2015. The total number of political conflicts decreased by seven to 402. The number of refugees and people forcibly displaced by violence or conflict increased by 0.3 million to reach an unprecedented 65.6 million people globally. There was no change to the top five refugee-producing countries in 2016 from 2015, which were Afghanistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Syria. Of these countries, the number of refugees from South Sudan increased the most, growing by 64 per cent during the second half of 2016. The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) decreased by 0.5 million to 40.3 million. There continued to be approximately twice as many IDPs as refugees globally.


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