Global humanitarian assistance rose to record levels in 2014, reflecting the scale and scope of prolonged crises such as the conflicts in Iraq and Syria as well as increased contributions from Middle Eastern donors, according to a study by the non-profit organization Development Initiatives.
A report by the body’s Global Humanitarian Assistance (GHA) program showed that humanitarian assistance rose to $24.5bn last year, an increase of 19% on 2013.
Middle Eastern donors contributed nearly $1.7bn, a 120% increase on the previous year.
Needs continued to outstrip contributions, however.
In its coordinated appeals, the UN fell $7.5bn short of the record $19.5bn it requested to help 87.5 million people. This meant 38% of requirements were not met, even though the world’s leading donors all gave more.