Tuesday, June 20, 2023

The Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2023 is out now

Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2023 is out now. 

This year’s report presents the immediate challenges facing humanitarian response in the context of longer-term trends. It shows how humanitarian needs changed in 2022 and the repercussions for 2023 – in the face of escalating food insecurity, the compounding impacts of climate change and the continued fallout from the war in Ukraine. 

New for this year are short Insight pieces from humanitarian thought-leaders representing public donors, international NGOs and local actors working with communities experiencing crises, and bringing unique perspectives informed by DI’s data. 

The report includes analysis of trends in humanitarian need – including to women and girls and in relation to food insecurity – how much humanitarian assistance there was, who is providing it, where it is targeted and how it is channeled. It looks at progress on commitments to provide more funding to local and national actors and as cash and voucher assistance. And it looks beyond humanitarian assistance at development and climate finance provided to countries in crisis and finance for disaster risk reduction. 

The report lays bare the urgent need for joint action across humanitarian, development, peace building and climate actors to ensure that the root causes of crisis are addressed as well as the consequences. 

Key findings 

  • In 2022, the estimated total humanitarian funding from governments, EU institutions and private donors increased by an exceptional amount to US$46.9 billion - a 27% increase since 2021. But this was not enough to meet spiralling humanitarian need. 

  • The number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in 2022 grew by a third, to an estimated 406.6 million people. As of April 2023, an estimated 404.3 million people are already in need of humanitarian assistance and this number is likely to increase. 

  • Despite a record increase in funding, it continues to fall short of need, with unmet requirements for UN coordinated appeals growing to an unprecedented US$22.1 billion. 

  • Ukraine received US$4.4 billion of international humanitarian assistance in 2022. This far exceeds amounts that previous largest recipients have received; for example, in 2021 Yemen received US$3.3 billion. 

  • More countries are experiencing humanitarian crises for longer – 83% of people in need were living in countries experiencing protracted crisis in 2022 - and overlapping vulnerabilities caused by socioeconomic, conflict and climate shocks are eroding the resilience of their populations.   

  • The three largest donors - the United States, Germany and EU institutions - accounted for 64% of total international humanitarian assistance from public donors in 2022, with the US alone accounting for 39% of total assistance from public donors. 

  • Commitments to improve the impact of funding are not being met. Local actors received just 1.2% of humanitarian funding directly from public donors – despite a target of 25%, for direct and indirect funding, set by signatories of the Grand Bargain agreement.  

  • Since 2003, people in the most climate-vulnerable countries also experiencing protracted crisis have received a total of just over US$1 per person of country-allocable funding from multilateral climate funds. This compares to almost US$5 per person in countries highly vulnerable to climate change but not experiencing protracted crisis. 

Read the full report and explore the data
Read the executive summary

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