West and Central Africa

Highlights 2011

  • Backed by partners, ROWCA developed a preparedness-and-response strategy for the Sahel in September 2011, responding to warnings of serious food security and nutritional problems. The strategy was launched in Dakar in December 2011. It helped to mobilize early humanitarian action and preparedness initiatives well ahead of the crisis peaking.
  • Responding to the post-electoral crisis in Côte d’Ivoire, ROWCA re-activated regional emergency coordination structures (Côte d’Ivoire + 5 Task Force), re-established OCHA’s presence in Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia, and provided extensive surge support to Côte d’Ivoire (217 surge days) and 175 surge days to Liberia. This allowed for early assessments of humanitarian needs in newly affected areas, the establishment of coordination structures where needed and the development of emergency appeals.
  • The first Regional Consultation of National Disaster Management/Civil Protection Agencies of ECCAS countries led to the elaboration of the first ECCAS Action Plan to strengthen emergency preparedness and disaster response. This is expected to be endorsed by Member States during the first quarter of 2012. 

A family in Diffa region in southeastern Niger. © Jaspreet Kindra/IRIN