I’m Here: Adolescent Girls in Emergencies Approach and tools for improved response

Humanitarian crises are increasing in number and frequency worldwide, affecting more people and challenging the ways humanitarian actors coordinate responses (OCHA, 2012). According to the 2014 Humanitarian Needs Overview process, an estimated 81 million people worldwide are in need of humanitarian assistance. Funding with respect to requirements has averaged 61.7 percent annually since 2011 (OCHA, 2014a).2  Set against the shifting backdrop of urgent need and limited resources, what remains static is every sector’s responsibility to be accountable to the displaced women, men and children they serve. Among these displaced persons is a sub-population that is one of the most vulnerable and least likely to safely navigate conflict or natural disasters: adolescent girls (aged 10-19).