The MENA region has been facing serious humanitarian challenges since 2012 due to man-made and natural threats. In particular, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen have been the focus of international action and response.
Because of the prolonged nature of these crises, and the lack of an obvious resolution, donor fatigue as well as host community/country fatigue has set in. The UN estimates that there will be a 50% to 75% shortfall in donations to the MENA region to support their response efforts for the upcoming year.
The international community is now turning their focus to National NGOs (NNGOs) and Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) to ensure continued support is provided to vulnerable populations after the international community presence recedes. The identification and development of resilient, sustainable, and responsible local organisations is one way to transition from humanitarian response to recovery efforts.