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.
Response plans in 2019
|Regional Refugee Response Plans||In Need||To receive aid||% Reached||Required||Coverage|
|Burundi RRP||268k||268k||Pending||$296.4m||32.0% |
|Democratic Republic of the Congo RRP||1m||1m||Pending||$719.7m||22.0% |
|Nigeria RRP||228.5k||228.5k||Pending||$135.3m||43.0% |
|South Sudan RRP||2.5m||2.5m||Pending||$1.37bn||32.0% |
|Syria Refugee Response and Resilience Plan (3RP) 2019||5.5m||5.5m||Pending||$5.53bninfo||36.2% |
|Other response plans||In Need||To receive aid||% Reached||Required||Coverage|
|Bangladesh: 2019 Joint Response Plan for Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis (January-December)||1.2m||1.2m||Pending||$920.5m||66.7% |
|Burkina Faso 2019||1.2m||0.9m||Pending||$187m||41.1% |
|DPR Korea Needs and Priorities 2019||10.9m||3.8m||Pending||$120.3m||26.6% |
|Islamic Republic of Iran: Floods Response Plan (April 2019)||2m||115k||Pending||$25m||38.5% |
|Pakistan 2019||7.9m||3.1m||Pending||$202m||21.8% |
|Philippines 2019||300k||300k||Pending||$43.6m||65.8% |
|Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela (included in the global requirement)||3.6m||2.2m||Pending||$737.6m||51.6% |
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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