The Flash appeal highlights the significant rise in the number of people in need of urgent assistance. The onset of covid-19, the collapse of the government and the escalation of violence has increased the number of affected people to 18.4M across all population groups, most significantly for women and children (OCHA 2021).
One of the key challenges noted in the flash appeal, and in the discussion from the Zoom meeting is the impact that the escalation of violence has had on the ability to provide assistance. Many organisations evacuated their aid staff and government funds were frozen by donor countries such as the US following the collapse.
The result of this is that while the number of people in need has sharply risen, the capacity to provide assistance has also sharply fallen with winter only a matter of weeks away. The flash appeal highlights the significant deterioration of circumstances for vulnerable people and urges assistance for development clusters to help mitigate the risk of humanitarian catastrophe for the more than 37M people who currently live on less than US$2 per day (OCHA 2021).