Challenges for Humanitarian Aid in a Globalised World

Challenges for Humanitarian Aid in a Globalised World

Humanitarian needs have increased all over the world. Their scope and diversity has generated a large financing gap. In 2016, assistance will be needed for 90 million people. Two thirds of them are displaced people because of violent conflicts. The other third are victims of natural disasters or pandemics [1]. A flagship report on humanitarian financing, released at the beginning of the year by a high-level panel and co-chaired by the EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, put the sum needed in 2015 to help 125 million people suffering from wars, earthquakes, floods and other crises at ~40 billion. The total raised in 2015 for global humanitarian aid was just under $20 billion, down from around $24 billion in 2014, pointing to an annual shortage of up to $20 billion. Against this background, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced in 2012 the organization of a World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul on 23-24 May 2016 in order to find ways to better tackle humanitarian needs in a fast-changing world marked by increasing migratory flows. Six weeks after Summit this Note tries to evaluate its outcome.

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