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

By Jenny Lei Ravelo 08 June 2015

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@JennyLeiRavelo

Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex senior reporter based in Manila. Since 2011, she has covered a wide range of development and humanitarian aid issues, from leadership and policy changes at DfID to the logistical and security impediments faced by international and local aid responders in disaster-prone and conflict-affected countries in Africa and Asia. Her interests include global health and the analysis of aid challenges and trends in sub-Saharan Africa.

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