|Every year, the lives of millions are torn apart by disasters and conflict. Rural populations in the developing world are the most vulnerable and the least able to cope. Their plight is often forgotten and their voices go unheard. |
For this reason, the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General calls upon the international community every year to help the millions of people affected by crises around the world. These appeals focus on countries and regions undergoing protracted and complex emergencies where assistance is required to save lives and livelihoods, to stop the situation from deteriorating and to set the stage for recovery and development.
The Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP) is the international community's most important tool for raising resources for humanitarian action and early recovery. Working together, aid organizations develop strategies and appeals, which are then presented to donors. Bringing agencies together to plan, implement and monitor their activities minimizes gaps, duplication of effort and waste. It results in a more effective and efficient response, saving donor resources and, most importantly, optimizing impact.