Humanitarian Financing

How to better finance humanitarian operations is a critical topic for OECD members, in particular, financing emerging good practices and new ways of working in humanitarian crises. The OECD helps ensure that there is sufficient quality money that reaches all those in need, to provide what they need, when they need it.

Improving systems, approaches and processes for better results in crises

Humanitarian assistance data

DAC donors disbursed over USD 16.7 billion of public funds as humanitarian aid in 2016. The OECD Development Co-operation Directorate tracks and measures these flows in order to ensure that funds are provided when, where and how they are most needed.

Humanitarian assistance at a glance (including other official flows)

The question of how to better finance humanitarian operations – including how to finance some of the emerging good practices and new ways of working in humanitarian crises – remains a critical topic for OECD member states. Many humanitarian crises remain underfunded, unfunded, and forgotten. That is where the OECD’s tracking of humanitarian financing steps in: improving the quality and flows of humanitarian aid to ensure that no one is left behind.

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Commitments into action series

The OECD supports its members to deliver their commitments at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016, notably the Grand Bargain, A Shared Commitment to Better Serve People in Need.

The ‘Commitments into Action’ series provides straightforward and practical guidance to translate humanitarian policy commitments to concrete humanitarian action. The series specifically targets professionals in donor agencies making decisions about humanitarian funding.

Visit the humanitarian donors website for more information on the guidelines from the list below:

  • Localising the response
  • Strengthening humanitarian-development coherence
  • Urban crises
  • Cash-based response
  • Increased effectiveness
  • Crises in middle-income countries
  • Multi-year funding
  • Financing preparedness

What do people think about the aid they get ?

Policy changes are only meaningful if they help those affected by humanitarian crises. The OECD is collecting qualitative data from beneficiaries and frontline workers to assess whether these changes are making a difference to the people affected by crisis. Initial surveys were performed with our partner Ground Truth Solutions in Afghanistan, Haiti, Lebanon, Iraq and Somalia.

Surveys of affected people and field staff

Surveys of local partner organisations providing humanitarian aid

The OECD is committed to continue this project further.

Sharing knowledge: How can we learn from each other ?

 Peer Review for Humanitarian Action

The peer review process evaluates DAC members’ humanitarian strategies and practices against a series of indicators categorised under the following sections:

OECD is mandated to monitor aid effectiveness and to promote peer learning. Peer reviews are robust, independent evaluations of DAC member countries’ humanitarian and development programmes and policies. As per the DAC Peer Review Reference Guide, each DAC member country is peer reviewed approximately every five years. Compliance with the principles of Good Humanitarian Donorship has been a part of the peer reviews since 2004.

What are DAC members doing on different aspects of humanitarian assistance and development co-operation in fragile states:  What can we learn from each other?

Join the humanitarian donor community

Humanitarian donors can learn a lot from each other and work together to solve common challenges. By joining the community of humanitarian donors, you can share your latest publication or share your concerns about a programme or a crisis. You can also learn about good practices from others which can help enhance your humanitarian funding strategies.

  • If you don’t have a MyOECD account already please create one here. This provides access to all the OECD communities and networks.
  • Send a request by mail to join the community
  • Once you're registered you can visit the site here