Humanitarian needs vs. resources: How do we fill the gap?

Kristalina Georgieva, European Commission vice president for budget and human resources. Lieven Creemers / European Union

When Kristalina Georgieva first came to the European Commission in 2010, the budget for humanitarian action was at 840 million euros ($933.2 million).

When she left last year, the funding has shot up to 1.4 billion euros.

And yet no one, not even the former ECHO chief, who now sits as vice president in charge of the commission’s budget and human resources, could claim that this is adequate to meet the requirements of the world’s humanitarian crises today, from those introduced by conflict as in the case of the Central African Republic to those resulting from huge natural disasters such as the ongoing relief work in quake-hit Nepal. In its coordinated appeals alone, the United Nations is appealing for $18.85 billion for its response plans this year.

This does not yet include crises that could turn up at any time of the day this year, the unforeseen ones that no one can anticipate.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.