Across the globe, there are several events and crises occurring that require intervention from both governments and NGOs. As we head further into 2023 countries and communities are continuing to struggle amid economic crisis, climate change and the impact and fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Countries and people that are most affected by the global turmoil make up a relatively small amount of the population but also account for most, if not all, of those who require economic or humanitarian aid.
One of the nations that are facing significant struggles is Haiti. Issues rose greatly in Haiti throughout 2022 with violence, political issues and inflation all increasing, leaving nearly half of the nation’s population living in poverty and hunger.
Some strategic access routes in the country are now controlled by armed gangs which have impacted gender disparity nationwide and have forced entire communities to flee the country. On top of this, Haiti is experiencing a cholera outbreak leaving the country in a state of panic. It has been predicted by The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs that the number of people requiring humanitarian aid is expected to reach 5.2 million in 2023 - a rise from 4.9 million in 2021.
The climate crisis is also having a significant negative effect across the globe. The Horn of Africa is suffering at the hands of rising temperatures. After having endured five consecutive failed rainfalls with the sixth predicted in March, the Horn of Africa is seeing one of the worst droughts in history.
Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are facing unprecedented catastrophes with at least 36.4 million people needing emergency humanitarian support to survive. The prolonged droughts are pushing many communities into a complete famine and leaving many food insecure.
In 2022, humanitarian organisations have reached over 17 million people with food assistance, however, the worsening situation is calling for a massive scale-up of food and health services to help people survive the next year.
The worsening climate effects can also be seen in South Sudan. It is estimated that $1.7 billion will be needed to help people in 2023. Individuals across South Sudan are living with the dire effects of weather shocks, violence and conflict.
Intense flooding has overtaken parts of the country pushing many further into poverty and weakening already struggling services.
There are many nations that already and will require significant humanitarian support. It is the job of governments to come together with NGOs and make a difference in the way that people are living.
As co-founder of the Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation, I have seen first-hand the dire effects of poverty. Millions of people are living with no money, no resources and no support. It is time this changes and we work towards creating a better future for all.