About this report

The Global Humanitarian Overview is the world’s most comprehensive, authoritative and evidence-based assessment of humanitarian need.


This publication was produced by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in collaboration with humanitarian partners across the world. OCHA thanks all organizations, partners and donors who contributed to the Global Humanitarian Overview 2021 and who regularly report to OCHA’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS).

Data sources

The principal source of financial data for this publication is FTS (fts.unocha.org). Figures for 2020 represent reported contributions as of 25 November 2020.

All figures are in US dollars.

Other data sources are listed in the articles in this publication.

The figures for people in need, people targeted, people reached and funding requirements are a snapshot as of 25 November 2020. The figures from the response plans may evolve between this publication and each response plan’s official publication.

For the most up-to-date information on humanitarian response plans, visit Humanitarian InSight (https://hum-insight.info).

Data for individual charts can be downloaded by clicking on the 'get data' link directly underneath each chart, or to retrieve the full dataset for the GHO, visit the Humanitarian Data Exchange - GHO 2021.

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The designations employed and the presentation of material in this publication do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.