Development finance statistics

Humanitarian Assistance

 

Humanitarian action saves lives, alleviates suffering and maintains human dignity following conflict, shocks and natural disasters. For this reason it is a high priority for DAC donors - who disbursed over USD 15.1 billion of public funds as humanitarian aid in 2015. 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.

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Humanitarian assistance at a glance (including other official flows)

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 ‌Trends in Humanitarian assistance

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CODES DESCRIPTION Clarifications / Additional notes on coverage
DAC 5 / CRS
700 HUMANITARIAN AID   

720

Emergency Response

An emergency is a situation which results from man made crises and/or natural disasters.

72010

Material relief assistance and services 

Shelter, water, sanitation and health services, supply of medicines and other non-food relief items for the benefit of affected people and to facilitate the return to normal lives and livelihoods; assistance to refugees and  internally displaced people in developing countries other than for food (72040) or protection (72050).  

72040

Emergency food aid

Food aid normally for general free distribution or special supplementary feeding programmes; short-term relief to targeted population groups affected by emergency situations.  Excludes non-emergency food security assistance programmes/food aid (52010).

72050

Relief co-ordination; protection and support services 

Measures to co-ordinate delivery of humanitarian aid, including logistics and communications systems;  measures to promote and protect the safety, well-being, dignity and integrity of civilians and those no longer taking part in hostilities.  (Activities designed to protect the security of persons or property through the use or display of force are not reportable as ODA.)

730

Reconstruction relief and rehabilitation

This relates to activities during and in the aftermath of an emergency situation.  Longer-term activities to improve the level of infrastructure or social services should be reported under the relevant economic and social sector codes. See also guideline on distinguishing humanitarian from sector-allocable aid. 

73010

Reconstruction relief and rehabilitation

Short-term reconstruction work after emergency or conflict limited to restoring pre-existing infrastructure (e.g. repair or construction of roads, bridges and ports, restoration of essential facilities, such as water and sanitation, shelter, health care services); social and economic rehabilitation in the aftermath of emergencies to facilitate transition and enable populations to return to their previous livelihood or develop a new livelihood in the wake of an emergency situation (e.g. trauma counselling and treatment, employment programmes). 

740

Disaster prevention and preparedness

See codes 41050 and 15220 for prevention of floods and conflicts.

74010

Disaster prevention and preparedness

Disaster risk reduction activities (e.g. developing knowledge, natural risks cartography, legal norms for construction); early warning systems; emergency contingency stocks and contingency planning including preparations for forced displacement. 

910

ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS OF DONORS

 

91010

Administrative costs (non-sector allocable)

 

930

REFUGEES IN DONOR COUNTRIES

 

93010

Refugees in donor countries (non-sector allocable)

 

998

UNALLOCATED/  UNSPECIFIED

 

99810

Sectors not specified

Contributions to general development of the recipient should be included under programme assistance (51010).

99820

Promotion of development awareness (non-sector allocable)

Spending in donor country for heightened awareness/interest in development co-operation (brochures, lectures, special research projects, etc.).