The primary objective of the Global Overview is to inform humanitarian decision makers by presenting a summary of major humanitarian crises, both recent and protracted. It is designed to provide answers to four questions:
1.Which humanitarian crises currently exist? (World map)
2.What has happened in the last seven days? (Highlights and snapshot)
3.What is the situation in the country affected by a crisis? (Narrative)
4.Which countries could be prioritised in terms of humanitarian response? (Prioritisation)
The Global Overview consists of three main sections:
1.The world map gives an overview of how the countries are prioritised, indicated by different shades of blue. The countries are subdivided by four priority levels: “on watch”, "situation of concern", "humanitarian crisis", and "severe humanitarian crisis".
The priority levels are assigned on the basis of:
- the number of people affected by recent disasters
- the level of access to the affected population
- the <5 mortality rate
- the level of development of the country
- the number of protracted IDPs and refugees.
If a country experienced a disaster in the seven days prior to an update, or an escalation of an on-going crisis, a country is highlighted by a yellow dot on the map.
2.The snapshot briefly describes what has happened in the last seven days from the date of publication, by outlining the crises that have occurred in the different highlighted countries.
3.Narratives for each country included in the Global Overview reflect recent major developments and underlying vulnerabilities of a country. Narratives are written based on secondary data.
The Global Overview will be updated once a week and the results will be available every Monday before midday (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time). In case of major new humanitarian events or an escalation of an on-going crisis which triggers a change of prioritisation, the Global Overview will be updated on an ad-hoc basis.