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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.

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Diversifying humanitarian funding tools

As humanitarian needs and funding requirements for large-scale and protracted crises continue to grow, crises not covered by an inter-agency coordinated appeal continue to generate humanitarian needs and increase vulnerability, which, if ignored, can compound over time. In this context, humanitarians are working to provide more effective aid and flexible funding to all types of crises. The Start Fund—the first multidonor pooled fund managed by NGOs— aims to fill this gap by providing grants to its members within 72 hours of a response activation. The goal is to respond to emergencies that may not receive the same level of funding or attention as large-scale or protracted crises.

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