close up of woman letting corn spill through her hands.
Photo By:  Corinna Robbins is licensed under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license.

Humanitarian Action 101

Global Crises

134.1 million

people in need of humanitarian assistance

68.5 million

people have been forcibly displaced

83 million

people require emergency food assistance

photo of refugee settlement
Photo By; Laura Eldon/Oxfam

Humanitarian responses assist people affected by disasters due to natural hazards or armed conflict, and seek to enhance the safeguarding of their rights. NGOs are guided by the humanitarian imperative to save lives and reduce human suffering wherever it happens.