Complex Humanitarian Emergencies: Where crisis, conflict, climate and COVID-19 meet

Host Organization: Center for Disaster Philanthropy


Complex humanitarian emergencies (CHEs) are often challenging for U.S.-based funders to understand. Only a small fraction of U.S. philanthropic funding goes to CHEs, yet it’s where the most significant humanitarian needs exist today.

The 4Cs – crisis, conflict, climate and COVID-19 – are the heart of the intricate layers of compounding crises in CHEs today. With so many different humanitarian emergencies happening, how can funders know whether, where and how to focus their attention?

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) is hosting a webinar to help funders learn about available humanitarian assessments and analyses and how to use these tools to help determine funding priorities. Additionally, we will profile two CHEs – Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo – to highlight examples of the types of help typically needed in these contexts. CDP’s director of international funds, Alex Gray, will also outline our increased focus on CHEs and how we are integrating that across our programs.

This webinar will help grantmakers and other donors better identify and prioritize CHEs, learn about the complex circumstances surrounding them and determine how to best support adversely affected communities that have the greatest unmet needs on the planet today.

While primarily aimed at funders, it may also be of interest to emergency managers, academics, disaster responders and NGO staff interested in or working on CHEs.

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