With more than 350 disasters reported globally on an annual basis for each of the last 10 years, there has been an unprecedented rise in the need for international humanitarian aid.
Although large disasters are generally well publicized, the majority of disasters are highly localized and affect comparatively smaller populations. It goes without saying that the humanitarian needs of 1,000 households are no less critical than when a similar disaster strikes 100,000 households. Unfortunately, these smaller scale disasters receive much less media attention and funding. The result is that the humanitarian needs of those affected by smaller-scale disasters often go unmet.
In response, the Humanitarian Coalition is collaborating with Global Affairs Canada (GAC, formerly the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development) to address this gap in humanitarian needs. Supported by an innovative funding mechanism called the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund (CHAF), our member agencies are able to leverage their local knowledge, community-level relationships, and program capacity to provide humanitarian assistance to those affected by smaller scale disasters.
Our responses to smaller-scale disasters are supported by the Global Affairs Canada (75%), Humanitarian Coalition member agencies (15%) and the Humanitarian Coalition (10%).
Responses by year
CARE Canada and Plan International Canada were able to assist impacted individuals and communities with timely emergency relief aid following the devastating earthquake that hit Ecuador on April 16.
Since mid-January, military operations in North Darfur have forced large numbers of people to flee their homes and seek refuge elsewhere in the country.