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July 21, 2011

Global Humanitarian Aid Rose in 2010

Despite the lingering financial crisis, worldwide spending on humanitarian aid rose to a record $16.7-billion last year, AlertNet says, citing estimates by monitoring group Global Humanitarian Assistance.

Spending by governments was up 6 percent to $12.4-billion, while private sources provided $4.3-billion.

With devastating disasters such as the Haiti earthquake and the Pakistan floods and rising food and fuel prices claiming a growing share of world aid, almost 40 percent of needs still were not met, according to Global Humanitarian Assistance.

While contributions to United Nations “flash” appeals for disaster aid increased 17-fold compared to 2009, contributions to Central Africa, the Palestinian territories, and other sites of long-running “complex emergencies” dropped.