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Custom Search Definitions

Donors:
Select one or more of these if you want to limit your search to one or more specific donors. A condensed selection of 50 donors appears in the box (for faster page download); if you don't find your choice there, click on "complete donor list." Select the donor/s and click "GO" at the top of the page. Use your internet browser's "Find" function if you want to look for a particular name on this page.
NOTE: Choosing a country name, like "Australia," as the donor will show funding from that country's national government. Note that all non-official contributions are found under "private," irrespective of the 'home' country of the private donor. Click the "complete donor list" to select one or more non-official donors (private organisations or foundations, NGOs, inter-governmental organisations, etc. From the Private list you can also select "Private (individual donations)", which are mostly reported in lumpsums).
Destination country:
Select one or more of these if you want to restrict your table to funding items for particular countries. The resulting list will include all reported items for that country or countries, subject to whatever other criteria or filters you use (e.g. year).Note that funding for regional, multi-country emergencies may appear on your table for a particular destination country if the funds were earmarked by the donor, or allocated by the recipient organisation, to a project in that country. Funding for regional-level emergencies or projects that cannot be broken down into country components will not appear on your table if you choose a country filter, because those items have no destination country in the database. Therefore, for example, if you select all of the Tsunami-affected countries as the "Destination countries" for this search, the total will be less than the overall total Tsunami funding, because your table excludes the regional-level Tsunami funding. In such cases, it's better to select the Emergency (e.g. Tsunami) than any combination of affected countries.
Year:
Select one of these if you want to limit your search to funding in a particular year or series of years. If you have already selected an emergency or appeal (e.g. DPR Korea 2001), you normally do not need to limit the search by year, because each emergency and appeal is year-specific.

FTS records different "year" data (defined below) for each funding item: Emergency Year (the default option); Contribution Year; Donor Budget Year; and Appeal Year. Click "Options" if you want to filter your table using one of these other "year" definitions:
  • Emergency year: each emergency in the FTS database is assigned to one year. Usually that is the calendar year of the event precipitating the emergency (e.g. an earthquake), or, in the case of chronic crises, simply successive calendar years (e.g. Sudan 2002, Sudan 2003 etc.). Searching for items by 'emergency year' will give you some items committed late in the preceding calendar year, because by custom FTS designates contributions for chronic crises received late in the year as applying to the following emergency year (e.g. a contribution committed in late December 2003 for DR Congo is designated as applying to the "DR Congo 2004" emergency, hence the emergency year is 2004 while the contribution year is 2003). Also, sudden disasters occurring late in the calendar year (e.g. the Tsunami on 26 December 2004) are assigned to the following emergency year, because most funding and humanitarian implementation would take place after Jan. 1. Therefore a contribution can be assigned to Emergency Year 2005 and Contribution Year 2004 (e.g. a tsunami contribution committed on 29 December 2004). Most FTS automatic tables are based on Emergency Year, so choosing this for your custom table will result in totals that are recognizably identical to those on the automatic tables.
  • Contribution year refers simply to the calendar year in which the contribution was made. (This could differ from Appeal Year and Emergency Year if, for example, a donor responded to the 2013 CAP as soon as it was launched in November 2012.).
  • Donor Budget Year refers to the donor's financial year (also 'fiscal' or 'budget' year) in which the funding commitment is made. However donors do not always provide that information to FTS, so if you choose this as a criterion, your table will exclude items that lack this datum.
  • Appeal Year limits your table to funding items for Consolidated and Flash Appeals. Appeals are grouped into an 'appeal year' not on the basis of the calendar year of appeal launch, but instead the calendar year in which most funding and implementation take place. Most consolidated appeals are launched in November, for implementation over the following calendar year; therefore an appeal launched in November 2012 is considered Appeal Year 2013. Some consolidated appeals are launched at other times and extend across calendar years, e.g. July 2012 - June 2013; those would be assigned to appeal year 2013. Flash appeals can occur at any time, and the 'appeal year' for most is the calendar year of launch. Because 'appeal year' is a somewhat artificial notion, selecting one or more 'appeal years' as your criterion is mostly used to answer questions like "How well funded were the appeals in 2012?" or "How much funding did Donor X give to the 2012 appeals?"

Note: "Emergency year," "Contribution year," and "Donor Budget year" will include items inside and outside CAPs.

Recipient organisations:
Select one or more of these if you want to limit your search to contributions received by a particular organization or organisations. The recipient organisation is that which engages in the commitment with the donor and receives the funding. Many are implementing agencies, but some recipients channel the funds further to implementing partners. "Bilateral" means that the affected country government is the recipient organization. (Also, when a donor directly deploys an in-kind contribution, e.g. a rescue team or field hospital, FTS designates the recipient as "bilateral," by custom.)
>A condensed selection of 50 organisations appears in the check box, for convenience. Click "complete list" to choose from all recipients in the database, then select the organisation/s and click "GO" at the top of the page.
Sector:
Select one or more of these if you want to limit your search to contributions for projects in a particular sector(s).
Note that "Sector not yet specified" contains unearmarked or loosely earmarked contributions that the recipient has not yet applied to specific projects and sectors. "Multi-sector," by contrast, contains projects and funding that cover multiple sectors and cannot easily be subdivided into sector.
Emergencies:
Select one or more of these if you want to limit your search to contributions for a particular emergency. A condensed selection of emergencies is presented in the check box; for a complete list, click on "Emergency list by year" link.
Emergencies that relate to some specific event (usually a natural disaster) are titled accordingly, starting with the country or region name, e.g. Afghanistan - Drought - April 2000. Chronic or non-specific emergencies are titled just with country name and year (e.g. Sudan 2013).
Some emergencies resulted in a Consolidated or Flash Appeal; however, selecting the emergency instead of the Appeal will give you a list of all contributions relating to that emergency, not just contributions to projects listed in the Appeal. (In the FTS database, all CAPs are associated with an "Emergency," but not all emergencies are associated with a CAP because not all result in a CAP.)
Appeals: Select one or more of these if you want to limit your search to contributions to projects listed in a particular Consolidated or Flash Appeal. An alphabetical list of Appeals (effectively in order by country) appears in the check box, for convenience. Click "Appeal list by Year" if you want to choose from a list grouped by year.
Note that selecting an appeal will exclude contributions to projects in the same emergency but not listed in the consolidated or flash appeal. (In the FTS database, all CAPs have an associated "Emergency," but not all emergencies have an associated CAP, because not all result in a CAP.)
Status:
Click one or two of these if you want to restrict your table to items of a particular status. FTS recognizes three statuses, to best reflect and slightly simplify humanitarian funding: pledges, commitments, and paid contributions (also commonly called "disbursements").
Pledge: a non-binding announcement of an intended contribution or allocation by the donor. (""Uncommitted pledge"" on these tables indicates the balance of original pledges not yet committed, e.g. a large pledge for multiple agencies and projects.)
Commitment: creation of a legal, contractual obligation between the donor and recipient entity, specifying the amount to be contributed.
Contribution: the actual payment of funds or transfer of in-kind goods from the donor to the recipient entity.


Most FTS automatic (PDF) tables combine commitments and paid contributions into one column, on the argument that agencies in most cases will start spending from cash reserves and implementing a project as soon as funding is committed, before it is actually paid. (Also, as a practical matter, the data that FTS receives from donors and recipient entities does not always make it clear when a commitment has been paid - so many paid items still appear in FTS as commitments.) With this function on the custom search, however, you can separate the two if you want.

NOTE: Because most FTS automatic tables combine commitments and paid contributions into one column, and show pledges in a separate column, those amounts will be different from the total of your custom table unless you similarly separate pledges from commitments and paid contributions. In other words, an FTS automatic table will show (A+B) and (C), whereas your custom will show (A+B+C), unless you exclude items of a particular status.

NOTE: As general pledges are converted into specific commitments and paid contributions, FTS subtracts the committed / contributed amounts from the original pledged amount. Therefore, in an FTS table that shows a donor's total commitments and contributions in one column, and pledges in a separate column, the pledge column reflects the uncommitted balance of the full original pledge, not the full original pledge amount. (Usually, FTS notes the full original pledge in the item's description.) Example: Donor X pledges €10 million for various relief efforts in a disaster. FTS records the €10 million general pledge. Three weeks later, the donor reports some specific contracts from that pledge: €1 million to IFRC, €1 million to MSF. FTS therefore records those two items as commitments, and subtracts €2 million from the pledge, leaving an uncommitted pledge balance of €8 million.

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