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Disasters and diversity: a study of humanitarian financing for older people and children under five

The report written by HelpAge and endorsed by Save the Children, reveals the very low number of projects that target older people or children under five – two of the most vulnerable groups within populations affected by emergencies. The study paints a picture of the humanitarian system as one that, in breach of the humanitarian principle of impartiality, appears incapable of delivering assistance solely according to needs.

The report calls on humanitarian actors to take steps to ensure that assistance is delivered on the basis of need alone for example through the collection, analysis and use of data disaggregated by sex and age as a basis for programme design, and through the application of existing good practice to ensure humanitarian assistance is accessible by the entire affected population. 

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- Private group -
Original Publication Date: 
18 Jul 2013
Document type: 
Analysis Report
Accountability to Affected Populations
Humanitarian Assistance
Humanitarian Financing