The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has updated its 2016 “response plan and appeals snapshot”. It might not be the year’s definite, but new info will not change the USD 19.7 Billion (in requirement total) figure too dramatically.
The plot, however, thickens, when consider how year after year the funding received by OCHA barely covers above half the requirement. It was between 63-65% between 2010 and 2013, then lowered to 61% and below the following years, when the appeal surged from 12.8 to 18 Billion in 2014.
From many perspectives, this chronic gap should have dire consequences. But there are no headlines of a structural funding crisis at OCHA.
Assessing the meaning of the financing gap, would require a confluence of expert opinions, one from each of the 35+ individual appeals listed. This would allow us to find out if the requirement corresponds to actual need, and whether a higher coverage correlates with better results in any dimension of humanitarian development.