In-Kind and Other Contributions
New partnerships and the private sector
In 2008, OCHA continued its efforts to mobilize the corporate sector toward greater humanitarian response and collaborative engagement. OCHA began to formalize a partnership with Microsoft and, quickly, the latter aided OCHA with the Humanitarian Information Center website for the cyclone Nargis response in Myanmar. The 2001 agreement with Ericsson was revised to include new services such as the WIDER solution. In addition, private individuals continued to make donations through the online platform managed by the UN Foundation, as part of the existing agreement between OCHA and the former. Finally, OCHA conducted an evaluation workshop with DHL aimed at improving partnership management while extending the existing agreement in collaboration with UNDP and OLA.