In 2017, we responded to:
- 65 emergencies in 24 countries
- reaching 12.9 million people
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There are hundreds of disasters around the world every year: floods, droughts, cyclones and conflict. These can vary from the local level to global scale. When local communities and governments are overwhelmed, Concern is among the first to help.
It is the poorest and most vulnerable who suffer most during disasters as they do not have the resources to prepare or react effectively. Many of those affected require humanitarian assistance just to stay alive. But they also need support to rebuild their shattered lives over the long term.
Concern’s analysis of funding trends to the major coordinated humanitarian response instruments reveals worrying facts: that the response to many ongoing disasters remains drastically woefully underfunded; that donors’ commitments are not being honored; and that donor countries have not effectively adapted their funding approaches to respond to protracted crises.
Whilst the number of people dying from disasters each year has hugely declined in last 50 years, the world has seen a worrying increase in humanitarian needs, with more than 134 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and protection. This scale of need poses a major challenge to the international community – one which it is failing to meet. There are insufficient funds available to provide assistance to all those in need.
Concern is committed to ensuring that effective, timely humanitarian action is informed by humanitarian principles and is guided by policies and funding focused on the most vulnerable.
An effective global humanitarian response system
Work towards a more effective global humanitarian response system which ensures timely, effective, and principled humanitarian action by providing rapid funding based purely on need, eliminating funding gaps
An early warning response system
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