Giving Compass' Take:

• The Norwegian Refugee Council created a list of the most neglected displacement crises in the world, all of which are in Africa. 

• Why haven't these crises received more attention? How can donors fill the gaps left in aid for these crises? 

• Learn how donors can support humanitarian aid for the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Norwegian Refugee Council created the list after it examined 24 large displacement crises globally. Countries were ranked based on the lack of three criteria: Will of armed groups and the international community to broker peace agreements and find political solutions; the level of media attention the crisis receives in comparison to its size; and the amount of funding received.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo

At the end of last year, there were 4.5 million people internally displaced and another 700,000 who had fled the country. Some 8.9 million people don’t have access to food and clean water in DRC and 2.2 million children are acutely malnourished. Despite widespread human suffering, the humanitarian funding appeal was only about halfway funded last year. Aid organizations have also pulled out of several provinces. The situation is expected to worsen and spread throughout the Great Lakes region.

South Sudan

The crisis in South Sudan has left over half of the population dependent on aid and pushed one-third of the population out of their homes. Some 2.4 million people have fled to neighboring countries to seek shelter. More civilians are without food than ever before in South Sudan and the humanitarian sector is raising alarm about the threat of famine.

Central African Republic

Some 1.2 million people are internally displaced or living as refugees in neighboring countries. This is one-fourth of the population. The appeal was only 41 percent funded last year, making it one of the least funded major crises in 2017.


Some 3.5 million people are in need of assistance and one-fourth of the country does not have enough food. Despite these needs, there have been only a few major international initiatives working to protect civilians or place pressure on forging a pathway towards a political solution.


Last year, Ethiopia suffered the worst drought it has faced in over 30 years, as well as a spike in insecurity in the Oromia and Somali regions. This led to the displacement of more than 1 million people last year. Many communities were impacted by both the drought and conflict. Despite the double burden of crises, the international aid appeal was only 46 percent funded.

Read the full article about displacement crises by Sara Jerving at Devex International Development.