Humanitarian crises are increasing in number and in duration. Since 2005, the average length of crises with an active inter- agency appeal rose from 4 to 7 years in 2017, while the number of active crises receiving an internationally-led response almost doubled from 16 in 2005 to 30 in 2017. These trends are also reflected in the steady growth of people in need and people targeted for assistance. The majority of people targeted receive assistance for five years or more (nearly 60 percent). Since 2015, appeals for crises lasting five years or longer have spiked and now command most funding received and requested (80 per cent, compared to approximately 30 per cent in 2015). In the absence of political solutions to long- standing crises, these trends are likely to increase with humanitarians staying longer in crisis situations, emphasizing the need for closer cooperation and collaboration between humanitarian and development actors to decrease vulnerability in the long-term.

Number of inter-agency appeals and average length of crises (years)
People targeted by appeal length (million)
Funding requested by appeal length (US$ million)
Funding received by appeal length (US$ million)
Crises by number of cumulative appeals

Data runs until 2016, which is the most recent year for which complete data was available at the time of publication. Select a country to see and explore more charts and indicators.

People targeted