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GHA report 2011

GHA 2011 Report launched today

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Over the past two years the world has witnessed a clear need for increased global humanitarian funding. The driving factors behind this are varied, ranging from natural disasters, political turmoil, conflict and the, now ever-present, economic crisis.

For those seeking to understand the figures behind this trend, today sees the launch of the latest comprehensive account of global humanitarian financing. The GHA 2011 report, produced by the Global Humanitarian Assistance programme of Development Initiatives, offers an insight into the detail that underlies the latest US$16.7 billion flow to humanitarian crises.

By breaking down the figures, the GHA team have been able to produce a commentary covering the source, flow and destination of aid finances. The report reveals that, despite the worldwide financial crisis of the last few years, international humanitarian response has continued to rise. For those interested in the detail behind humanitarian financing, this report is key; it offers a breakdown of top donors and recipients, delivery agencies and contributions by NGOS, the military and other external actors.

Some key figures which emerged from this year’s report include:

  • International humanitarian response totalled US$16.7 billion in 2010.
  • The US, EU institutions and the UK were the largest donors.
  • Sudan remained the largest single recipient for the fifth consecutive year in 2009.
  • In 2009, more than 65% of all humanitarian assistance went to conflict-affected and post-conflict states.
  • In 2010, 37% of humanitarian finance needs were unmet.

In a world where humanitarian aid has to meet the demand of multiple coexisting challenges, it is essential that decision makers have a transparent view of all funding flows and resources allocated. Only in this way can we determine whether the right choices are being made.

The GHA Report series is an essential resource for anyone seeking to understand the data behind global humanitarian assistance, from experts working in the humanitarian sector, to policy and media professionals, and beyond to beneficiaries and taxpayers.

GHA are launching the report today at a side event at the UN ECOSOC session in Geneva. If you would like a copy of the report you can download it on the GHA website or request a hard copy.

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