With more than 200 million people in 130 countries across the globe depending on humanitarian assistance at some point or another last year, the aid bill is big. Is everyone getting what they need?
As armed conflicts in countries like Syria, Yemen and South Sudan continue to rage and natural disasters around the world regularly affect access to food, water and shelter, humanitarian aid is in high demand.
“There has been such a rise in people in need. We’ve got a higher number of refugees globally at the moment than ever before,” Sally Austin, head of Emergency Operations with the international aid organization Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere(CARE), told DW.
That new high implies a need for unprecedented levels of help. And though, according to the Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2018, worldwide aid donations from the public and private purse topped €24 billion ($27.3 billion) last year, they were by no means enough to meet global humanitarian needs.
In fact, only 59 percent of UN-coordinated appeals were met in 2017. Of the money that did come in, and the largest chunk (€17 billion) was from governments and EU institutions, 80 percent went to conflict and war zones.
Silent suffering in forgotten crises
Syria has been a major recipient in recent years, but other conflicts that fall under the radar of the international community tend to receive considerably less funding. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where political instability and armed conflict are rife, is a case in point.
Though the Central African country has been in the grip of an emergency for years, Tamba Emmanuel Danmbi-saa, Humanitarian Program Manager for Oxfam in DRC, says the country “no longer attracts the sympathy and interest of donors.”
The upshot, he says, is a lack of funding that makes it hard “to mobilize resources and help people.”
Though the Central African country has been in the grip of an emergency for years, Tamba Emmanuel Danmbi-saa, humanitarian program manager for Oxfam in DRC, says it “no longer attracts the sympathy and interest of donors.”
The upshot, he explains, is a lack of funding that makes it hard “to mobilize resources and help people.”