Why Humanitarian Assistance Needs Rigorous Evaluation

Residents of the camp of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) receive food rations distributed by the World Food Programme (WFP) in collaboration with an international non-governmental organization, CARITAS. North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Credit: Flickr/UN Photo/Marie Frechon.By Dr Anastasia AladyshevaSTOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan 31 2018 (IPS)According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and the Financial Tracking Service (FTS), the number of people in need of humanitarian aid in 2017 rose to 141.1 million and they were located in 37 countries. The Global Humanitarian Appeal stood at nearly $13 billion as of November 2017, which represented 58 per cent of the total fund target set for humanitarian assistance. The gap between the appeal target and funds raised, however, has been widening in recent years (Figure 1), as has the number of people affected by disasters—both natural and human-induced (Figure 2).The least funded countries towards their targets in 2017 were Senegal, which had 18 per cent of its target funded, primarily for projects in the food security and nutrition sector; and Peru, which was 18.5 per cent funded, primarily for water and sanitation projects.The best covered country in terms of funding was Afghanistan, where 70 per cent of funding requirements were met by donors, which included 100 per cent of the funding needs identified for food security and agriculture.Gross domestic product in these ...
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