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Trends in Global Humanitarian Financing


In 2022, the demand for humanitarian assistance grew larger than ever. There were a growing number of complex, long-term crises, driven by system-wide shocks, including climate change and the war in Ukraine, as well as new and escalating crises, such as the devastating earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria, and worsening crises in Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa. There was an exceptional donor response to the unprecedented increase in the number of people in need. Yet the scale of need meant the shortfall in humanitarian funding reached a record high.

The imperative for significant change to humanitarian funding and response – and to better address the long-term root causes of, and recovery from, crises – is obvious and recognised but more pressing than ever.

This chapter provides data-driven analysis of humanitarian need and crisis, funding, progress on reform, and how resources beyond humanitarian funding – such as climate finance – could be used to address cycles of crisis.

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