Read caption Internally displaced boys in Mpati, North Kivu. Many internally displaced children miss out on education and boys often end up being recruited by armed groups. The appeal for funding for humanitarian aid in DR Congo is only 22% funded half-way through 2017. Photo:Christian Jepsen/NRC

Alarming lack of funding for emergency assistance

Published 30. Jun 2017
Halfway into the year, less than 1/3 of the needs for funding for emergency assistance across the world has been covered. “The funding gap will claim lives that could have been easily spared if there was enough will among the many wealthy nations, corporations and individuals around the world,” warned Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council Jan Egeland.

Every year the UN and humanitarian partners present response plans for the world’s largest humanitarian crises. In total, they have appealed for $23.1 billion in 2017 to provide the most basic assistance to people in need. Six months into the year more than $15 billions are still missing.

“The money lacking equals only $2 per person in the world. Some of the world’s richest individuals could have covered the gap on their own. Many countries can afford to take the entire bill. That makes it incomprehensible and outrageous that the world jointly is unwilling to provide sufficient assistance”, said Egeland.

It is particularly hard to get necessary support to people in neglected crises. The appeals for funding to DR Congo, Sudan, Chad, Cameroon and Mali are all less than 25 per cent covered.

”As a result of lack of funding, many families have had their food rations cut and get no clean drinking water. Many children affected by emergencies have no school and no shelter,” said Egeland.

Large unchecked conflicts, historically high displacement figures, droughts and four potential famines have resulted in extraordinary humanitarian needs. The Norwegian Refugee Council calls on donor countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Gulf region to increase their humanitarian funding, and to prepare for great needs for humanitarian assistance also in the year to come.

“The devastating human costs will continue to increase and destabilise entire regions if we do not act now. In addition to the traditional donors, large and growing economies in Asia and elsewhere need to show more generosity,” said Egeland.  

 

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  • Tuva Raanes Bogsnes, Head of Communications, +47 93231883, tubo@nrc.no
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Facts

Facts:

  • $23.1 billion is needed to meet the humanitarian appeals for 2017.
  • So far, only $7.5 billion has been provided, covering less than 33% of the appeal.
  • The appeals for DR Congo (22%), Sudan (18%), Chad (15%), Cameroon (24%) and Mali (24%) are among the least funded appeals. 
  • In Cameroon, lack of funding has for example resulted in cuts in food rations.
  • In DR Congo, lack of funding means that many displaced children are not able to go to school.

 

Source: Financial Tracking Service: https://fts.unocha.org/appeals/overview/2017