Highlights 2011

  • OCHA helped the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) and the Government to assist more than 842,500 people. Priority was given to remote, rural and semi-urban areas with limited or no State institutional presence, where the most vulnerable groups live.[1]
  • OCHA ensured complementarities between the HCT, local HCTs, clusters and inter-cluster groups and the Government’s emergency response efforts. Special emphasis was put on needs assessments and the quick mobilization of funds in order to fill critical gaps and ensure appropriate humanitarian assistance.  
  • To improve the impact of the HCT’s work, OCHA conducted humanitarian access needs evaluations with five local humanitarian teams. It combined multi-cluster/sector initial rapid assessments with OCHA’s access monitoring framework to compare access constraints with humanitarian needs, humanitarian response planning and resource mobilization strategies. Affected people are dispersed over huge geographical areas. 
  • OCHA improved humanitarian coordination mechanisms and promoted the implementation of the IASC Transformative Agenda by increasing the HCT’s effectiveness. This was achieved by defining HCT priorities; making the HCT a decision-making body; sharing information, data and analysis from local teams; and strengthening the HCT's capacity to analyse and understand humanitarian situations to inform a common strategy. OCHA also improved collaboration between national authorities and international humanitarian partners, led a cluster self-evaluation, helped local humanitarian teams plan according to the Common Humanitarian Framework (CHF), supported inclusive dialogue with NGOs and engaged donors on humanitarian issues.


A farmer in his rice field in rural area of El Charco municipality, Nariño department, Colombia. © FAO/Nadya Gonzalez