World Humanitarian Data and Trends

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2411-8419 (online)
http://dx.doi.org/10.18356/b5218ae5-en
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The World Humanitarian Data and Trends is an annual flagship report from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) that presents global and country-level data and trend analysis about humanitarian crises and assistance. Its purpose is to consolidate this information and present it in an accessible way, providing policy-makers, researchers and humanitarian practitioners with an evidence base to support humanitarian policy decisions and provide context for operational decisions.
 
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10 Jan 2014
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56
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This publication presents global and country-level data and trend analysis relevant to humanitarian assistance. Its purpose is to bring this information together in one place and present it in an accessible way. It is intended to establish a common baseline of humanitarian data that allow for comparisons across time. This data can be used to help support humanitarian policy decisions and provide country-level context that can support operational decision-making.
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  • Introduction
    World Humanitarian Data and Trends presents global and country-level data and trend analysis about humanitarian crises and assistance. Its purpose is to consolidate this information and present it in an accessible way. It is intended to establish a common baseline of data that can be used to make comparisons across time. The information can be used for analysis of humanitarian crises and assistance, to support humanitarian policy decisions and to provide context for operational decisions.
  • Highlights
    In 2012, international organizations targeted 65 million people around the world for humanitarian assistance through inter-agency appeals. The Horn of Africa region faced a particularly severe emergency, with many people still in need following the food security crisis, including famine in Somalia, in 2011.
  • Humanitarian needs in 2012
    In 2012, international organizations targeted 65 million people around the world for humanitarian assistance through inter-agency appeals. The appeals process brings aid organizations together to plan and deliver aid to people affected by disasters, conflict and other crises. The process does not target all people in humanitarian need. In 2012, 144 million people were displaced by conflict or affected by a disaster. Many receive help from their communities and government, or their needs go unrecognized and unaddressed. There is no comprehensive, global picture of humanitarian needs.
  • Humanitarian assistance in 2012
    People affected by humanitarian crises receive help in many ways. Local communities, national and local government, civil society and the private sector almost always provide the most immediate help. Local humanitarian assistance is rarely measured and difficult to quantify, but may be the most significant type during most crises. National assistance is sometimes measured but is difficult to compare across countries. Often, assistance is measured in terms of funding, which is ultimately turned into organizational capacity to implement projects that are intended to help affected people.
  • Trends and analysis
    During the preparation of inter-agency appeals, humanitarian organizations identify a target number of people to receive aid. The process is complicated and not always consistent between countries, although it is improving. This figure shows trends in the numbers of people in need, based on recent appeals. It shows that the crises that affect most people in a single year usually also last several years. It is in such protracted crises that the majority of needs exist. The crisis in Afghanistan has affected most people over the last 4 years.
  • Selected humanitarian indicators
  • User’s guide and technical notes
    This report is intended to provide as comprehensive an overview as possible of global humanitarian data and trends. However, there are many gaps and inconsistencies in the information available. There is no single, comprehensive source of humanitarian information and data. There are no widely used standards for measuring humanitarian needs or response, even less so the long term effectiveness of assistance. There are no agreed definitions of humanitarian needs or assistance.
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