Financial Plan and Budget

In 2007, OCHA forecasted that the United Nations Regular Budget allocation for 2008 was $13.8 million. During 2008, this allocation was slightly reduced to $13.4 million.

Regular Budget Forecast for 2008 (US$)
Original Mid-Year Final
Regular Budget 13,811,058 13,383,600 13,383,600

As published in OCHA in 2008, OCHA forecasted that its activities in 2008 would require $199.3 million in extrabudgetary resources. The OCHA overall budget is a working document that nevertheless remained flexible and responsive to the numerous changes in the humanitarian environment, particularly in sudden-onset emergencies.

OCHA Mid-Year Review kept requirements for extrabudgetary donor contributions constant. Adopting an overall zero growth policy as compared to original forecasts, OCHA realigned the 2008 budget in accordance with changing strategic humanitarian priorities. Resources were thus shifted from headquarters to the field, while supporting significant or unexpected additional requirements for existing field offices, including in Kenya, Niger and oPt.

New requirements also arose during 2008, primarily relating to OCHA response to sudden onset and rapidly changing emergencies such as with “Afghanistan, Georgia and Myanmar. The final forecast also included supplementary requirements for field activities, such as Sudan, as well as adjustments to the administrative overhead costs of the United Nations. Accordingly, the final OCHA extrabudgetary forecast was $220.7 million.

Extrabudgetary Forecast for 2008 (US$)
Original Mid-Year Final
Extrabudgetary budget 199,287,868 199,218,241 220,669,164

Chart 1: OCHA Extrabudgetary Forecast for 2008 (US$)

Chart 1: OCHA Extrabudgetary Forecast for 2008 (US$)

The original total budget, including regular and extrabudgetary resources, forecasted that activities for 2008 would require $213.1 million. The zero growth policy resulted in a slight downward adjustment at the Mid-Year Review, while additional requirements amounted to a final budget for 2008 of $234.1 million.

OCHA Financial Plan and Budget in 2008
Original Plan Mid-Year Revised Plan Final Plan
Regular Budget Activities 13,811,058 13,383,600 13,383,600
Extrabudgetary activities
Headquarters Activities:
Office of the Under-Secretary General/Emergency Relief Coordinator 5,112,187 4,628,982 4,815,032
Executive & Administrative Offices 17,467,001 14,094,818 20,395,4611
Coordination & Response Division 7,113,890 7,116,596 7,116,596
Emergency Services Branch 8,492,537 8,146,404 8,320,424
External Relations & Support Mobilization Branch 7,016,642 6,834,785 6,834,785
Coordination Support 10,055,305 11,173,015 11,173,015
Policy Development & Studies Branch 8,691,927 9,008,784 10,843,8552
Advocacy & Information Management Branch 16,290,007 16,289,565 16,983,219
Other Headquarters Activities 150,514
Total Headquarters Activities 80,239,496 77,292,949 86,632,901
Field Activities:
Integrated Regional Information Networks 10,982,243 11,013,484 11,013,484
Regional Offices
Regional Office for Central and Eastern Africa 3,408,650 3,261,494 3,413,494
Regional Office for Southern Africa 3,553,694 3,811,611 3,811,611
Regional Office for West Africa 4,005,801 4,101,154 4,253,854
Regional Office for the Middle East, North Africa & Central Asia 4,483,333 4,135,890 4,166,290
Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific 5,624,436 5,723,446 5,723,446
Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean 4,235,351 4,175,709 4,175,709
Sub-total 25,311,265 25,209,304 25,544,404
Africa
Burundi 744,548 871,848 871,848
CAR 2,153,649 2,132,641 2,322,541
Chad 4,717,951 4,716,389 4,768,389
Côte d’Ivoire 4,470,107 3,469,663 4,265,263
DRC 13,512,291 13,511,570 13,511,570
Eritrea 532,063 532,063 537,563
Ethiopia 3,506,365 3,609,660 3,609,660
Guinea 808,054 997,815 997,815
Kenya 664,056 2,364,120 2,364,120
Niger 1,329,587 1,964,959 1,964,959
Somalia 5,144,053 5,144,053 5,144,053
Sudan 17,407,775 17,406,372 19,338,572
Uganda 3,987,482 4,185,911 4,185,911
Zimbabwe 2,651,156 2,366,843 2,366,843
Sub-total 61,629,137 63,273,907 66,249,107
Middle East
Iraq 4,974,531 4,813,181 4,813,181
oPt 4,724,846 5,207,508 5,207,508
Sub-total 9,699,377 10,020,689 10,020,689
Asia
Indonesia 1,246,521 1,246,521 1,246,521
Nepal 1,929,037 2,119,865 2,119,865
Pakistan 139,337 239,666
Sri Lanka 3,405,849 3,405,849 3,405,849
Timor-Leste 595,397 916,925 916,925
Myanmar 3,631,308
Afghanistan 2,632,402
Sub-total 7,176,804 7,828,497 14,192,536
Europe
Georgia 486,413
Russian Federation 233,526 362,820
Sub-total 233,526 849,233
Latin America and the Caribbean
Colombia 3,429,731 3,429,731 3,429,731
Haiti 819,815 916,154 979,815
Sub-total 4,249,546 4,345,885 4,409,546
Other Field Activities 1,757,264
Total Field Activities 119,048,372 121,925,292 134,036,263
Total Extrabudgetary Activities 199,287,868 199,218,241 220,669,164
Total OCHA Budget (Regular and Extrabudgetary Activities) 213,098,926 212,601,841 234,052,764
1 — Includes $6,187,248 for support services paid to the United Nations, not included in prior cost plans.
2 — Includes new cost plan of $1,743,605 for the Food Policy Support Project.