Côte d’Ivoire


Highlights 2011

  • The OCHA office reopened in December 2010 in response to post-electoral violence and deteriorating humanitarian needs. The office became fully operational immediately after the battle in Abidjan in April 2011. Staff numbers increased from three to 28 within six months.
  • OCHA reopened its regional office in the western city of Man, creating access to a region that hosted huge numbers of displaced people. It allowed much-needed coordination, as humanitarian operations expanded due to a large influx of agencies.
  • OCHA established humanitarian-coordination leadership and structures at country and sub-national levels, with defined and approved ToRs.
  • Working with few staff and resources, the small OCHA team switched its focus from development to emergency. The team drafted a common humanitarian programme cycle (EHAP and CAP) to coordinate needs. They also launched a Flash Appeal at the onset of the crisis, followed by a CERF request for an immediate response to expanding needs.
  • Following the advocacy efforts by OCHA and the HC, the Minister of State, Minister for Employment, Social Affairs and Solidarity was appointed by the Government to ensure coordination with humanitarian actors.
  • Key IM products were developed and released immediately. List of contacts, maps, “who does what where” (3W) and other resources were updated weekly and complemented by bulletins, sit reps and other advocacy products. A new website was launched in April to help humanitarian partners share critical information (http://ivorycoast.humanitarianresponse.info).

Child at the Catholic mission in Duékoué, where more than 25,000 displaced people were living as of mid-April 2011 © Nancy Palus/IRIN