The State of the Underfunded Humanitarian System

7 February, 13:00 – 15:00, Registrering & kaffe från 12.30. Hörsalen, Sida, Valhallavägen 199. Seminariet är på engelska.

The number of people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance has increased sharply. Funding through the UN coordinated appeals covers less and less of expressed needs – despite more money and sustained efforts by humanitarian organizations. What is the state of the humanitarian system? And what do we know about the consequences of this funding gap?

This seminar will launch two reports. In the 2018 State of the Humanitarian System Report, the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action, ALNAP, describes and analyses the humanitarian system and its overall performance.

In a new EBA report, Sophia Swithern, Development Initiatives, UK, investigates the trend of underfunding in connection to the UN coordinated appeals for humanitarian assistance. What are the consequences for people in need? What are the effects on humanitarian organizations and the UN appeal system at large?

Presentations will be followed by a high-level panel discussion.



12:30 Registration
13:00 Introduction Johan Schaar
Presentation of State of the Humanitarian System John Mitchell
Underfunded Appeals – Understanding the Consequences, Improving the System Sophia Swithern
Panel Discussion with Marcy Vigoda, Niklas Wiberg, Oliver Schulz, Alice Olbrecht & Anna Guittet. Moderator Johan Schaar.
15:00 End of Seminar


John Mitchell, Director, ALNAP

Sophia Swithern, Chief, Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Branch, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Marcy Vigoda, Head, Partnership and Resource Mobilization, UNOCHA

Niklas Wiberg, Deputy Director, Head of humanitarian group, Swedish MFA

Oliver Schulz, Director General, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Sweden

Alice Olbrecht, Senior Research Fellow, ALNAP

Anna Guittet, Senior Policy Specialist, Sida


Johan Schaar, vice chair, Expert Group for Aid Studies and chair, ALNAP.