The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) recently released its annual Global Humanitarian Overview, the world’s most comprehensive assessment of global humanitarian needs. In addition to outlining global trends in humanitarian needs and potential areas of engagement, this year’s report tracked climate change-related funding and operations in disaster-affected nations.
This data analysis was led by students from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES), among them Bryan McCann IDE’19.
The study found that between 2016 and 2018, just 3 percent of proposed projects by aid agencies in five disaster-affected countries — Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan and Syria — were related to climate change. Less than half of those projects received funding, the study found.
This week, in a press release, the U.N. asked the nations of the world to invest $29 billion in humanitarian aid in 2020, citing the Yale-led study in an urgent plea for engagement and response to climate change.