Measuring the Iceberg

By Barnaby Willitts-King, Lydia Poole, John Bryant
November 2018

This paper explores the hypothesis that the resources for crisis response that the humanitarian system knows about and tracks constitute the ‘tip of the iceberg’: in other words, only a sliver of a much larger and potentially more significant mass of resources that it does not see, know about or ‘count’. The purpose of exploring this question is to understand the scale, nature and use of these other resources, as a way of improving the prioritisation of resources and the allocation of international funds.

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Willitts-King, B., Poole, L., & Bryant, J. (2018). Measuring the iceberg: the opportunities and limits of better tracking of resources beyond international humanitarian assistance, Humanitarian Policy Group, ODI.