The United Nations works to address humanitarian concerns around the world in varying capacities. While human beings and their welfare are at the center of the majority of the UN’s work, there are four lead agencies which coordinate, lead, and advocate for improved responses to humanitarian needs and crises.
United Nations organizations works with humanitarian partners around the world to identify the most critical humanitarian needs, plan responses and determine the budgets needed to address them. At the country level, they help partners to build common strategies and implementation plans and to appeal for funds as a group. This ensures that resource mobilization and financing are based on a thorough needs evaluation, making aid more effective, efficient and predictable.
UN News Center – Humanitarian Aid
Lead UN Agencies
U.S. Government Resources
USAID: Working in Crises and Conflict https://www.usaid.gov/what-we-do/working-crises-and-conflict
American Red Cross: International Services http://www.redcross.org/what-we-do/international-services
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies http://www.ifrc.org/
Relief Web: http://reliefweb.int/about