About GHA

The Global Humanitarian Assistance (GHA) programme provides objective, independent, rigorous data and analysis on humanitarian financing and related aid flows. Our aim is to enable access to a shared evidence base on resources to meet the needs of people living in humanitarian crises. We believe that humanitarian decision-making should be informed by evidence and that reliable information is fundamental for improved accountability and effectiveness.

Who we are

GHA is run by Development Initiatives (DI) – an independent organisation committed to ending poverty by 2030. We make data and information on poverty and resource flows transparent, accessible and usable. As part of Development Initiatives, GHA analyses resource flows to people living in humanitarian crises, promoting data transparency and information access through analysis, research, partnerships and engagement.

How we are funded

GHA is funded by the governments of Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

GHA analysis and its presentation are solely the work of Development Initiatives and are a representation of its opinions alone.

Our analysis and research

We publish the majority of our analysis and research in our reportscrisis briefings and country profiles. You can also find some opinion pieces and other work from our analysts and guest authors in our blog.

Clarity Counts

Clarity Counts

Our annual GHA reports, which we have been publishing since 2000, provide a comprehensive assessment of the international financing response to humanitarian crises, including how much the response was, where the financing came from, where it went and how it got there. The reports also consider how the financing response measures up to humanitarian needs. GHA reports are used by governments, private donors, academics, journalists, NGOs and civil society organisations to inform research, funding, advocacy, policy and programming.

Our datastore contains all the underlying data for our analyses and we provide guidance on data sources and methodologies. We also publish a range of infographics, charts, graphs and guides to the formal humanitarian system.

Our engagement and partnerships

We have numerous collaborations and partnerships within the humanitarian community and frequently participate in discussions, meetings and events with governments, NGOs, civil society organisations, UN agencies and others.

We are exceptionally grateful to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC), UN OCHA FTS, members of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and a large group of NGOs who support our research by providing us with data and information on funding flows.

We work closely with the Start Network – a consortium of British-based humanitarian international NGOs that recently launched its own fund to help fill funding gaps and enable rapid response to under-reported crises where need is great – by providing analysis to inform funding allocation decisions. Examples include crisis briefings on drought and food insecurity in Somalia and Ethiopia and Afghanistan floods.

As part of our commitment to making information on financing in humanitarian crises easier to access, understand and use, we are working with the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and UN OCHA FTS to make the IATI standard fit-for-humanitarian-purpose and, ultimately, to improve the reporting of humanitarian assistance.

We also contribute to external reports in conjunction with other organisations. Examples include: Humanitarianism in the Network Age and World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2012,UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA, March 2013); and research on the cost and impacts of forced migration for the World Disasters Report 2012, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

How can we help?

We provide a free, friendly, helpdesk service to people working on humanitarian issues and needing help accessing and interpreting data or our methodologies. We receive a wide variety of requests from donors, NGOs, UN agencies and academics – please do get in touch with us if you think we can help: gha@devinit.org. Our helpdesk page also contains a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs).