Funding of International Relief

The global international community responds to disasters worldwide through humanitarian funding assistance aimed at saving lives and alleviating suffering in times of crisis. The international humanitarian system, which is constructed of key funding mechanisms and actors, is facing challenges, but emerging trends and best practices are promising.

There has been a rise in disaster incidences and consequent loss of life and assets. The Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), in its Annual Disaster Statistical Review 2008, provides the numbers and trends of disasters worldwide. The number of reported disasters rose from a total of 172 in 1989, to 354 in 2008. In 2008, a total of 214 million people worldwide were killed or affected by disaster events. Disasters can and do cause ...

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