Report: Overview of the Consolidated Appeals and similar concerted humanitarian action plans at Mid-Year 2012
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
“The number of people needing humanitarian aid around the world has risen from 51 million to 62 million – an increase of more than 20 per cent –during the first half of 2012…Halfway through this year we are seeing people in desperate need in twenty countries, whose lives and livelihoods have been shattered by conflict, hunger and disaster,” said Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. “As well as providing effective emergency aid, humanitarian organizations are also working to improve the resilience of communities so that they can better cope with the impact of future natural disasters and conflicts.”
Some 560 humanitarian aid organizations are using the Consolidated Appeal Process to respond strategically to major crises and monitor the effectiveness of their work. Today, humanitarian partners have raised their funding requirements, from US$7.8 billion, at the beginning of the year, to $8.8 billion. 45 per cent of the funding required has been received but this leaves a gap of $4.8 billion for the remainder of 2012.