Humanitarian crises across the globe affect more people and last longer on average than ever before. One in every 70 people around the world is caught up in crisis and urgently needs humanitarian assistance and protection. The average humanitarian crisis now lasts more than nine years. Humanitarian organizations are increasingly successful in saving lives and reducing suffering, but many needs still remain unmet. Despite a significant increase in funding, from US$10.6 billion in 2014 to $13.9 billion in 2017, the gap in coverage for humanitarian response plans hovers at about 40 per cent. More resources are required so that aid workers can reach all vulnerable people most in need.
The Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) is the most authoritative and comprehensive assessment of global humanitarian needs and presents coordinated and prioritized plans for responding to those needs. By providing the most accurate assessment of needs and how best to meet them, the GHO helps to: mobilize resources; ensure that the resources are targeted towards the people, sectors and areas that need them the most; and promote efficiency so that the resources are used as effectively as possible.