Highlights 2011

  • OCHA successfully led referendum-related contingency planning and emergency preparedness efforts that ensured a successful early humanitarian response following fighting in Abyei, South Kordofan and Blue Nile.
  • OCHA led coordination between Sudan and South Sudan HCTs. This helped ensure that over 200,000 people of South Sudanese origin returned safely to South Sudan. Humanitarian organizations provided transport and other assistance to the most vulnerable.
  • OCHA’s strategic leadership to the humanitarian community included sharpening the focus on assisting voluntary returns, and finding durable solutions for IDPs and returning refugees to parts of Darfur now judged to be sufficiently stable. Relief continues to be provided to people newly displaced by fighting.
  • OCHA-led capacity-building workshops in Darfur helped to strengthen the capacity of over 100 national organizations.

Girls collect water at a handpump in a camp for returnees, in the town of Agok in Southern Sudan. © Veronique de Viguerie/UNICEF