IN 2018, I WISH FOR THE RECOVERY & RESILIENCE OF AFRICAN COUNTRIES FACING RECURRING HUMANITARIAN NEEDS
In the last 30 years, more than half of the countries appealing for international humanitarian aid have come from Africa. The number of African countries appealing for humanitarian assistance have increased annually, while the number has decreased for other parts of the world.
In the 1990s Europe and Central Asia joined the more traditional recipients of aid in Africa and other parts of Asia. The growth in food aid between 1998 and 1999 was mainly for Russia to assist the country build itself back after the end of the Soviet Union, Up until 1996, requests for aid in response to crises in Asia (primarily Afghanistan and Korea), Europe and Latin America accounted for at most one third of total humanitarian funding requests. In 1997 and 1998, as financial collapse swept Asia and war broke Yugoslavia apart, half of all humanitarian aid requested was for those regions. In 1999, that proportion rose to 62 percent.
Most of these countries requested international humanitarian assistant for a few years, and stopped needing and appealing for it. International humanitarian assistance did what it was supposed to do for them: it provided short term assistance to ease human suffering. This gave these countries the help they needed so kick off and facilitate the recovery and resilience of affected populations. It gave them the space to strengthen development, nurture and sustain economic solvency and thriving economies.
International humanitarian assistance was never intended to replace long term national efforts towards recovery and for building the resilience of vulnerable populations. International humanitarian assistance financially is very small in volume compared with other resource flows; international humanitarian assistance accounted for just 4.8 per cent of all international flows to the recipients of the most humanitarian assistance in 2014, but when used and applied strategically it `fulfils a vital function for people affected by crises. Many countries have built back better with the help of international humanitarian assistance. Some of these countries are now are donating to international humanitarian appeals, but this has not been the story for Africa.
Since the launch of the consolidated humanitarian appeal process, African countries have dominated the list; Africa did in the 90s and still do now. There are countries in Africa that have appealed for humanitarian assistance every year since the mid-1990s. Some of these countries have been engulfed in conflict for decades. Yearly international humanitarian appeals have now become a cup-out for the lack of will to address the root cause of the need for humanitarian assistance.
Even more tragic is that many countries in Africa are appealing for international humanitarian assistance every year to address predictable, preventable slow on-set natural disasters. Drought does not have to lead to a humanitarian crisis. It is the lack of investment in prevention and resilience that turns drought into a humanitarian crisis. Launching annual appeals for humanitarian assistance in drought prone regions of Africa is a crisis.
I wish for the recovery and resilience of communities affected by preventable, recurring slow onset disasters.
My New Year’s wish is for less African countries appealing for international humanitarian assistance. Too many African countries have relied on annual appeals for humanitarian aid for too long. This has left millions of Africans on the edge of survival. By the end of 2018, I wish for less Africans relying on life saving humanitarian assistance, I wish for the recovery and resilience of communities affected by preventable, recurring slow onset disasters.
I wish for more investment on security
I wish for more investment on security in the countries engulfed in conflict so that Africans can engage in their livelihoods, so parents can take pride in providing for their children. I wish for internally displaced people to be settled in peaceful communities and/or return to places of origin where they are secured and can live in dignity, pursuing livelihoods in safety.
I wish for more visibility on how African countries are addressing their own humanitarian needs.
I wish for more awareness in Africa that the major and main bulk of the response to humanitarian crises in the continent comes from the continent; communities and countries affected by the crisis. Africans provide the substantial humanitarian assistance in the continent and these supports are too vast and diverse to be quantified. Internationally focused humanitarian systems get all the attention when it comes to humanitarian response in Africa. National character is built, and national identity strengthened by how people respond to their crises. African countries affected by disasters or conflicts must become more proactive and assertive in developing the narrative that drives humanitarian action in their territories, these narratives must communicate how the country is responding as a government and as a people. International humanitarian fund raising drives must not stifle national efforts. In 2018, I wish for more visibility on how African countries are addressing their own humanitarian needs.
I wish for more investment in prevention.
Of the 20 largest recipients of international humanitarian assistance in the last two decades, at least 89 per cent were medium- or long-term recipients facing recurrent or protracted crises and most were from Africa. Most of all, in 2018, I wish for more investment in pre
 Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2000
 Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2000