The humanitarian sector is on the rise for all the wrong reasons
More than 50 Million displaced in 2014

As need grows, so do the funding requirements

5488ab3034efc8f60ba23caa_notch_divider_horizontal.gif$19.19 Billion in humanitarian aid was needed in 2014

Major conflicts drove continued displacement throughout the year:

One in every two people in Syria have been displaced

Nearly 11 million people (half of Syria’s population) have been displaced

Fighting in Syria persists driving the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. During the course of 2014, the Geneva II peace talks failed to broker a ceasefire, and violence between President Bashar al-Assad’s government and rebels persisted. Brutal and indiscriminate violence has continued, including a devastating campaign of barrel bombs in Aleppo. Militants groups, boosted by gains in Iraq, have taken control of new territory, driving escalating numbers of displaced.


1 million total displaced, including 545,000 refugees

A geopolitical struggle over Ukraine has increasingly driven a rising humanitarian crisis. Since Spring, pro-Russian separatists have fought against Ukrainian forces in the east of the country. Despite a ceasefire in September, intermittent violence persists in Donetsk and Luhansk. The crisis drives ever-rising humanitarian need.

Displaced people in Ukraine would fill Madison Square Garden 55 times
2 million displaced in South Sudan
South Sudan

Nearly 2 million have been driven from their homes in the last year

As South Sudan’s conflict enters its second year, the humanitarian outlook is bleak.  On November 9, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development welcomed the signing of the Implementation Matrix and the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement, which aims to ensure the protection of civilians and guarantee humanitarian access.  Experts, however, are doubtful whether opposing parties are capable of uniting the country, and fighting has continued in several parts of the country.


1.9 million displaced inside Iraq since January 2014 + 220,000 Syrian refugees

Since the start of the year, militants took control over large swathes of territory and resources, and displaced hundreds of thousands of people. Over a million people were displaced and faced ‘deadly life-threatening situations’. A change in government has led to some optimism that the government can retake control of ground. But hundreds of thousands of people remain in need of aid, as winter approaches.

Displaced people in Ukraine would fill Madison Square Garden 55 times
Coverage of Waziristan has been quieter than Iraq

Over 1 million displaced from North Waziristan

After years of uncertainty, in the early summer Pakistan’s military began a military offensive into North Waziristan in the northwest of the country. The military action caught the humanitarian sector unprepared. The operation continues as of early December, and has forced over 1 million people to leave their homes


Approximately 500,000 displaced (and growing)

Over the course of the year, terrorists have caused hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes. The world’s attention was briefly registered on the scale of the crisis, after the militant group kidnapped 200 girls from a school in April.  But efforts to stem the violence have been unsuccessful, as displaced people and refugee numbers have spiraled.

Displaced people in Ukraine would fill Madison Square Garden 55 times
Approximately half of Syria’s population was displaced by the end of  2014
Nearly 2 million people in South Sudan were displaced in less than one year
More than 220,000 Syrian refugees and 1.9 million Iraqis were displaced in Iraq in 2014
Fighting in North Waziristan displaced over one million in Pakistan this year
Over the course of the year, militants have caused roughly 500,000 people to flee their homes in Nigeria

New displacement could be on the way. Some countries to watch in 2015:


Sectarian tensions on the rise could spark new violence

A delicate situation that has the potential to intensify along the Sunni-Shia trend lines, driving displacement and, according to some country experts, drawing the country closer to a sustained civil war.


More than 324,000 already displaced with no end in sight

Barring a diplomatic solution, there is increasing potential for an intense civil war in Libya. The fighting could drive a regional crisis that could send refugees to Tunisia, Egypt, and Europe.


Government forces close in on Syria’s largest city

With government forces moving ever-closer to Aleppo, and the potential for the city being completely besieged, the Turkish foreign minister warned in November of the potential for another 2-3 million refugees moving into Turkey.  Even realistic best case scenarios for next year involve more violence driven during fighting between ISIS, Syrian government and rebel forces.


Upcoming elections could ignite existing ethnic tensions

With elections scheduled for 2015, and bubbling political tensions, several commentators have warned of the probability of political violence.