The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the world's best plan to build a better world for people and our planet by 2030. Adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, the SDGs are a call for action by all countries - poor, rich and middle-income - to promote prosperity while protecting the environment. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, equality and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and working to preserve our ocean and forests.
However, more money, from a wider range of sources, is needed to fill the gap between what is required to meet the needs of those in crisis and what is available. This assistance also needs to be delivered more efficiently and effectively. Therefore The Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS) sets out Nine Commitments that organisations and individuals involved in humanitarian response can use to improve the quality and effectiveness of the assistance they provide. It also facilitates greater accountability to communities and people affected by crisis: knowing what humanitarian organisations have committed to will enable them to hold those organisations to account.
Every year, Development Initiatives publishes the Global Humanitarian Assistance report – an independent, accessible digest of the latest state of humanitarian and crisis-related financing. According to this report:
“International humanitarian assistance continued to be concentrated in a small number of crises. In 2017, 10 countries accounted for 63% of all country-allocable humanitarian assistance. Syria, Yemen and South Sudan received almost half of the assistance to these 10 countries (30% of total country-allocable humanitarian assistance). Of the assistance directed to the 10 largest recipients, 59% went to countries in the Middle East and North of Sahara region, with 34% flowing to countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The majority of direct government funding for international humanitarian assistance (64%) was channeled to multilateral agencies in 2017, increasing from 60% in 2016. Conversely, private donors provided most (85%) of their assistance to NGOs. Funding to NGOs as a proportion of total international humanitarian assistance increased slightly, from 33% in 2016 to 34% in 2017.”
Based of these findings, humanitarian and development sector needs more effective and evenly distributed funding mechanisms. As it is recommended by The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) in their Key Messages on Quality Funding :
“Increase the volume of quality (flexible, unearmarked, multiyear) funding, which is accessed at all levels of implementation, to less visible crises and to local and national NGOs and pooled funds. Allow the use of crisis modifiers to redirect funding when needed to enable early action to prevent and mitigate crises and rapid response to unexpected situations. Aid agencies and partners should jointly identify mechanisms to improve the predictability and flexibility of pass-through funding.”
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