How much do we cost ?

The initiatives represent a significant element of the collective efforts of the sector to work together to improve accountability, quality and performance. Their total annual costs are around $3 million in 2004. This represents a tiny percentage of global humanitarian spending which is about $4 billion per annum. When compared to other service delivery sectors it could be argued that this proportion is much lower than it should be. However, it is also recognised that money spent on these initiatives is taken out of the international humanitarian budget, the primary purpose of which must always be to provide direct assistance to the most vulnerable.