Global Humanitarian Overview 2021

COVID-19 has triggered the deepest global recession since the 1930s. Extreme poverty has risen for the first time in 22 years, and unemployment has increased dramatically. Women and young people aged 15 – 29 working in the informal sector are being hit the hardest. School closures have affected 91 percent of students worldwide. The Global Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP) for COVID-19, together with existing humanitarian appeals, became the largest-ever financial ask: $39 billion. As of November 2020, donors have generously given $17 billion to inter-agency plans. In 2021, 235 million people will need humanitarian assistance and protection. This means 1 in 33 people worldwide needs help — a significant increase from the 1 in 45 people a year ago, which was already the highest figure in decades. The UN and partner organizations aim to help 160 million people most in need across 56 countries, which will require $35 billion.

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Ref: OCHA. (2021). Global Humanitarian Overview 2021. OCHA.