We took these findings to the World Humanitarian Summit and called for the aid sector to ask, listen and respond to the voices of people affected by disasters. We also called for a shift from crisis response to helping communities better prepare for disasters. A victory for our lobbying efforts was a commitment made by major aid donors and NGOs to ensure 25% of humanitarian funding goes directly to local organisations on the frontline of disaster relief.
A total of 130 million people currently receive humanitarian assistance in order to survive. We are working with crises all over the world that are not in the public eye.
In 2015, through the pioneering Start Fund – a pooled fund managed by an alliance of 27 leading humanitarian NGOs – we were able to respond quickly to 10 under-funded crises, with emergency water and sanitation, shelter, food, other essentials and information campaigns.