Global Humanitarian Overview 2019

    People in need
    131.7m
    People to receive aid
    93.6m
    Funding requirements
    $21.9bn

    Humanitarian crises across the globe affect more people and last longer on average than ever before. One in every 70 people around the world is caught up in crisis and urgently needs humanitarian assistance and protection. The average humanitarian crisis now lasts more than nine years. Humanitarian organizations are increasingly successful in saving lives and reducing suffering, but many needs still remain unmet. Despite a significant increase in funding, from US$10.6 billion in 2014 to $13.9 billion in 2017, the gap in coverage for humanitarian response plans hovers at about 40 per cent. More resources are required so that aid workers can reach all vulnerable people most in need.

    The Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) is the most authoritative and comprehensive assessment of global humanitarian needs and presents coordinated and prioritized plans for responding to those needs. By providing the most accurate assessment of needs and how best to meet them, the GHO helps to: mobilize resources; ensure that the resources are targeted towards the people, sectors and areas that need them the most; and promote efficiency so that the resources are used as effectively as possible.

    In 2019, nearly 132 million people in 42 countries around the world will need humanitarian assistance, including protection. The 2019 GHO outlines plans to assist 93.6 million of the most vulnerable people. Funding requirements for 2019 amount to $21.9 billion. This figure does not include the financial requirements for Syria, which will be confirmed upon finalization of the 2019 Syria Humanitarian Response Plan.

    Trends

    Boy fetching water, Minova site
    (c) OCHA/Eve Sabbagh

    Response plans in 2019

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    groupPeopleattach_moneyFunding (USD)
    Humanitarian Response PlansIn NeedTo receive aid% ReachedRequiredCoverage
    Afghanistan 2019
    6.3m4.5m
     
    Pending$611.8m0.0%
     
    Burundi 2019
    1.8minfo0.7m
     
    Pending$106m0.0%
     
    Cameroon 2019
    4.3m2.3m
     
    Pending$392m0.0%
     
    Central African Republic 2019
    2.9m1.7m
     
    Pending$430.7m0.5%
     
    Chad 2019
    4.1m1.7m
     
    Pending$500m0.0%
     
    Democratic Republic of the Congo 2019
    12.8minfo9m
     
    info
    Pending$1.7bninfo0.0%
     
    Ethiopia Humanitarian and Disaster Resilience Plan 2019
    8minfo8m
     
    info
    Pending$1.2bninfo0.0%
     
    Haiti 2019
    1.5m1.1m
     
    Pending$117.4m0.0%
     
    Iraq 2019
    6.7minfo1.8m
     
    info
    Pending$570minfo0.0%
     
    Libya 2019
    0.8m0.6m
     
    Pending$202m0.0%
     
    Mali 2019
    3.2m2.3m
     
    Pending$310m0.0%
     
    Myanmar 2019
    0.9m0.9m
     
    Pending$202.2m0.0%
     
    Niger 2019
    2.3m1.7m
     
    Pending$340m0.0%
     
    Nigeria 2019
    7.1m6.2m
     
    Pending$847.7m1.2%
     
    occupied Palestinian territory 2019 (part of 2018-2020 HRP)
    2.5m1.4m
     
    Pending$350m0.0%
     
    Republic of South Sudan 2019
    7.1m5.7m
     
    Pending$1.5bn0.0%
     
    Somalia 2019
    4.2m3.4m
     
    Pending$1.1bninfo0.0%
     
    Sudan 2019
    5.5minfo4.3m
     
    info
    Pending$1bninfo0.0%
     
    Syria Humanitarian Response Plan 2019
    13m11.2m
     
    PendingPendinginfo0.0%
     
    Ukraine Multi-year Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) 2019-2020
    3.5m2.3m
     
    Pending$162m0.0%
     
    Yemen 2019
    24minfo15m
     
    info
    Pending$4bninfo0.0%
     
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    groupPeopleattach_moneyFunding (USD)
    Regional response plansIn NeedTo receive aid% ReachedRequiredCoverage
    Burundi RRP380,000380,000
     
    Pending$296.4m0.0%
     
    Democratic Republic of the Congo RRP1.2m1.2m
     
    Pending$740.4m0.0%
     
    Nigeria RRP228,000228,000
     
    Pending$135.3m0.0%
     
    South Sudan RRP2.8m2.8m
     
    Pending$1.4bn0.0%
     
    Syria Refugee Response and Resilience Plan (3RP) 2019
    5.6m5.6m
     
    Pending$5.6bninfo0.0%
     
    Venezuela Outflow 2019
    3.6m2.2m
     
    Pending$738m0.0%
     

    Translations of the Global Humanitarian Overview 2019

    How to get involved in 2019

    Donate through CBPFs

    Country-based pooled funds (CBPFs) allow governments and private donors to pool financial contributions to finance response to a specific emergency. They channel funds rapidly for scaling up humanitarian operations, filling critical gaps, and strengthening partnerships with aid organizations, including local and international NGOs. In 2016 the UN Secretary-General set a target for 15% of HRP funding to be channelled through CBPFs in the coming years.

    Visit www.unocha.org/our-work/humanitarian-financing/countrybased-pooled-funds-cbpf/how-support-country-based-pooled

    Donate through the CERF

    The UN's Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) provides immediate funding for life-saving humanitarian action at the onset of emergencies and for crises that fail to attract adequate resources, wherever they are. CERF-funded interventions focus on the most urgent and life-saving priorities set collectively by humanitarian partners on the ground. In recognition of CERF’s impressive track record in enabling effective assistance to crisis-affected people, the UN General Assembly has endorsed an expanded funding target for CERF to $1 billion a year, and called on all stakeholders to consider increasing their voluntary contributions to the fund.

    Visit www.unocha.org/cerf/donate

    Donate in-kind resources

    The UN Secretary-General encourages companies to coordinate their response efforts with the United Nations in order to ensure coherence with priorities and to minimize gaps and duplication. To make an in-kind donation of goods or services visit www.business.un.org or write to pss@un.org with specific information about the contribution, including the timeframe for delivery and any conditions. (Contributions must comply with the Guidelines on Cooperation between the UN and the Business Sector.)

    Provide assets or services

    The United Nations enters into pro bono agreements with companies which will provide direct assets or services during emergencies. Partnerships work best if established before a disaster occurs. Contact pss@un.org to discuss the ways in which your company might partner with the UN. (As with in-kind contributions, business sector partnerships must comply with the Guidelines on Cooperation between the UN and the Business Sector.)

    Report contributions to the OCHA Financial Tracking Service

    OCHA manages the Financial Tracking Service (FTS), which curates, validates and publishes all reported humanitarian contributions (cash, in-kind, multilateral and bilateral), including to humanitarian and regional response plans. Many donor, recipient and implementing agencies regularly report their contributions through designated reporting focal points

    Please report your contributions to fts@un.org or complete the online form at fts.unocha.org

    (c) UNICEF/Santiago Arcos