FAQs about FTS
Who manages FTS?
FTS is managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). It was established in 1992 as a follow-up to UN General Assembly Resolution 46/182, Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian emergency assistance of the United Nations – a resolution that created a framework for humanitarian assistance and coordination, and which remains the basis of OCHA's mandate.
FTS is rooted in – and operates in support of – the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) and the humanitarian programme cycle (formerly consolidated appeal process (CAP)). FTS policies – such as reporting and the criteria for what's included as humanitarian aid – are collectively determined by the IASC.
The FTS team is part of the Humanitarian Programme Cycle Information Services Unit (HPC-IS), which is located within OCHA's Programme Support Branch (PSB), Geneva.
Who reports to FTS?
FTS is open to all government and private donors, funds, recipient agencies and implementing organizations wishing to report financial pledges and contributions for humanitarian action.
We have working agreements on reporting in place with the following organizations and are currently working to develop a normative reporting framework within the InterAgency Standing Committee (IASC).
ECHO and the 28 EU governments
ECHO and the 28 EU member states report their humanitarian contributions to the European Emergency Disaster Response Information System (EDRIS) on a continuous basis. EDRIS information management systems then transfer data to the FTS team. The data is then prioritized for curation alongside other incoming information on a daily basis.
The FTS team cross-checks and reconciles data from EDRIS feeds against recipient agency reports before including them in the FTS database and making them public on the FTS website. Some of this information will be further updated as decisions change and/or as further information is received on allocations.
Some EU member states have centralized reporting processes (i.e. a designated person or department reports from HQ), while others may have several people reporting (from desks, countries or regional offices).
Government donors that do not report through EDRIS are able to report to FTS through a designated representative (either their permanent missions in Geneva or New York; field offices; or ministries at HQ level).
Recipient orgaizations and UN agencies play a crucial role in providing us information on contributions from governments and institutional donors where these are not reported directly.
UN agencies with humanitarian mandates report to FTS monthly, as per an agreement made at the 65th IASC Working Group meeting in July 2006. This includes: ILO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNRWA, WFP and WHO. UN agency information is provided at HQ level – with the exception of data from UNDP, FAO and IOM which is provided at field level.
Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and Country-based pooled funds (CBPF)
Data is provided by the CERF Secretariat and cross-checked by the FTS team against both donor and recipient agency reports. Information on funding to country-based pooled funds (CBPF) comes from various sources, including the UNDP Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office and OCHA’s Donor Relations Section (DRS). Information on allocations made by CBPFs is provided by pooled fund managers through OCHA Grant Management System (GMS).
NGOs, civil society organizations (CSOs) and International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
Some NGOs and components of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement report information to FTS. Elsewhere, information on these bodies comes from donor, agency and OCHA field sources.
The majority of our information on private donors (individuals and private sector organizations) is compiled on the basis of agency reports and information provided by the Foundation Center and OCHA's Private Sector Section (PSS). For a guide to valuation of in-kind contributions please click here.
What data can I find on FTS?
FTS tracks and publishes data on humanitarian funding flows. It presents this in a searchable, online database and also through two main lenses:
- total reported funding (everything reported to FTS by public and private donors, UN agencies UN funds, NGOs and others)
- humanitarian response plans and appeals (funding that is specifically reported or that can be specifically mapped against funding requirements stated in humanitarian response plans).
Data is searchable on a range of criteria including crisis, cluster, donor, agency, fund, project, priority, date and location. Users can download data and charts in a variety of formats (.csv, .xls and .png) and reuse it. Some users, such as HDX and IRIN, access the data via the API.
What’s not included?
FTS focuses on humanitarian funding flows. Data does not include:
- a government's expenditure on crises within its own borders (except the in-country provision of funds whether from private or government sources, for projects in a response plan or appeal launched by an international organization)
- a government's expenditure on refugees within its own borders
- development data (except where funding has been reported for projects in an inter-agency response plan or appeal)
- concessional finance and soft loans
How often is information updated?
FTS data is continuously updated. Two full-time staff are dedicated to validating and reconciling incoming information and updating FTS data records on an ongoing basis.
While FTS is committed to continuously processing and updating data records, it should be noted that organizations are able to report their information whenever they wish. There can be delays between a funding decision being made and that pledge or contribution being reported. Similarly, FTS cannot always predict the extent or complexity of incoming information and how long it will take to process. When several large agency or fund reports arrive at once, we prioritize on a first come-first serve basis. This standard process is reviewed and reprioritized when there are country-level emergencies and high-level events that require data support.
We add around 11,000 new records each year, which equates to about 100 each working day.
Who uses FTS data?
The data and information published by FTS is used by humanitarian coordinators and country teams, operational organizations, host governments, government and institutional donors, media, researchers, academics and think tanks for:
- resource mobilization
How can I access the FTS archive site?
FTS rolled out its new database and website in early 2017. You can still access the old FTS website at ftsarchive.unocha.org, but FTS has not updated the data on the archive site since January 2017.
Can I use and republish the data and information published on FTS website/API?
Yes. FTS encourages the fair use of its data, graphs and reports. When directly copying and re-using graphs, tables, charts or data as published by FTS on this site, please cite the Financial Tracking Service (FTS), the publication date of the figures used and the relevant URL. If any amends are made to the data that you download or use via the API, or if the data is combined with another source or if the data, graphs and tables have been interpreted or amended in any way, we suggest the following citation: "[YOU/YOUR ORGANIZATION]...based on Financial Tracking Service (FTS) data, [DATE], [URL]."
We curate and publish data provided to us in good faith. We cannot be responsible for misinterpretation or misrepresentation of the data by third parties.