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Broke or broken? A necessary discussion about the humanitarian funding gap

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Chapter 1: the financing base

This Egmont Brief proposes to further explore the main options currently proposed to fill the humanitarian aid funding gap: budgetary targets, global pooled funds, and a better engagement with the private sector. It concludes by suggesting a number of actionable items that would allow the European Union to mobilize a wider international financing base.

It is the first of a series of three Funding Gap publications that will address related questions: the global financing narrative and the multi-dimensional (or nexus) funding, throughout 2023. This series will attempt to cover the different aspects of global humanitarian financing and will build on the discussions that took place before and during EHF 2023. The findings, in addition to excerpts from roundtables and expert panels, will feed into current documented and informal debates.


This document has been prepared by Egmont Royal Institute for the European Commission (DG ECHO) and it reflects solely the views of the authors. The Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


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