Third world problems: More money, please

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) launched operations in May 2014 to transfer thousands of Central African Republic refugees from border transit camps into sites set up within villages in eastern Cameroon

DAKAR, 14 July 2014 (IRIN) – Humanitarian funding reached a record US$22 billion in 2013, yet almost a third of needs remained unmet, according to data recently released by the UK-based think tank Global Humanitarian Assistance Programme’s Development Initiatives.

“[2013] was quite an extraordinary year and very different and very much in contrast to previous years,” said Daniel Coppard, director of research and analysis at Development Initiatives.

In response to the unprecedented levels of humanitarian need – particularly in light of three major crises in Syria, the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Philippines – both governments and private donors stepped up their response efforts in 2013 with unprecedented levels of funding.

“One certainly hopes that this response by the international community last year isn’t a one off and that it continues and is sustained in the coming years,” Coppard told IRIN…