The MENA region has been facing serious humanitarian challenges since 2012. Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen have been the focus of international action and response. Gaza, Libya, and Egypt have also been impacted, albeit to a lesser extent.
The international community has now been present in some of these countries for more than five years. Across the region, the focus of the response has shifted to medium- and longer-term recovery and stabilisation - though of course, emergency intervention remains necessary in areas where fighting is ongoing. On top of this, donor fatigue (as well as host country / community fatigue) has set in, and funding for humanitarian programming is likely to shrink in the coming months and years.