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  • Report
  • 13 April 2022

Funding for gender-relevant humanitarian response

DI examines the impact of Covid-19 on international funding for gender-related humanitarian programming, finding that global efforts to support gender equality and support women and girls in humanitarian crises are falling short.

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Carina Chicet, Angus Urquhart, Sofia Martínez Fernández

Executive summary

There is urgent need for reform in delivery, tracking and reporting of funding if recent trends in gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are to be countered.

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Chapter One


According to UN Women, 435 million women and girls would have experienced extreme poverty in 2021, as Covid-19 compounded needs in protracted crisis settings.

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Chapter Three

Reporting of gender-relevant international humanitarian assistance

Current reporting does not provide adequate data on where gender-relevant funding is going, preventing women’s and girls’ needs from being met.

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Chapter Four


Funding for gender-relevant humanitarian response has increased in recent years but is insufficient in the face of Covid-19 and escalating needs of women and girls in crisis contexts.

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appendix one


Details of the methodology used in this report including discussion of its limitations.

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appendix three


Thank you to those who contributed to and supported the publication of this report.

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