Humanitarian Experts Face Decisions On Prioritizing Efforts As Funding Gap Grows

IRIN: Scale up or cut back? Aid sector grapples with growing funding gap
“[Last] week, the U.N. announced that $22.2 billion would be required to meet the needs of an estimated 92.8 million people affected by conflicts and natural disasters in 2017. It’s the largest humanitarian appeal ever launched, but current funding trends suggest that aid agencies will be lucky to raise half the amount they’re asking for. Given this ever-widening chasm, some aid experts believe it’s time to prioritize, to focus humanitarian efforts on the most urgent life-saving endeavors and ensure at least they are fully funded…” (Siegfried, 12/9).