The 5 most underfunded humanitarian crises of 2014

Nigerian refugees find shelter in the covered terrace of a stadium in Cameroon, where they wait to be transported to the Minawao camp. With 3.3 million internally displaced persons, Nigeria has the largest internally displaced population in Africa. Photo by: UNHCR

The United Nations recently launched its humanitarian appeal for 2015. Calling for $16.4 billion to assist 57.5 million people across the world, the organization’s latest appeal was the biggest in its history.

While donors have been providing more and more humanitarian assistance in the past few years, they have failed to keep up with the unprecedented surge of funding requirements. Meanwhile, the urgency and complexity of crises they are expected to tackle are also growing — leaving little financial space to provide a lifeline to people in less well-known emergencies.

This year, four major crises with significant regional impact — Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan, Syria — are slated to absorb more than 70 percent of U.N. humanitarian funds. This is in addition to the various protracted conflicts — such as in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Afghanistan, Ukraine and Myanmar — that are expected to continue to dominate much of global relief efforts.

Against this backdrop, less prominent U.N. aid missions that are in desperate need of support are increasingly slipping off the international community’s checkbooks. Based on the latest data from the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ Financial Tracking Service, Devex decided to take a closer look at the five most poorly funded U.N. humanitarian operations of 2014.

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    Manola De Vos

    Manola De Vos is a development analyst for Devex. Based in Manila, she contributes to the Development Insider and Money Matters newsletters. Prior to joining Devex, Manola worked in conflict analysis and political affairs for the United Nations, International Crisis Group and the European Union.