- OCHA held engagements with NATO HQ staff and NATO member states, during which interlocutors demonstrated a good understanding of the importance of independent humanitarian action. NATO has respected the independence of humanitarian action during the Syria crisis.
- A growing interest to engage in humanitarian policy discussion and GA resolution negotiations was noticeable during the 2012 ECOSOC in New York. Up to 50 Member States participated in informal negotiations, representing a significant increase from previous years.
- The first partnership mission between OCHA and OIC developed the mutual understanding on desired common-response outcomes.
Year In Review
2012 saw significant progress towards creating a more inclusive and interoperable international humanitarian system. OCHA continued to broaden and strengthen partnerships and deepen dialogue outside the IASC and beyond traditional donors. It also undertook a strategic shift to drive a coherent corporate vision vis-à-vis the organization’s approach to partners worldwide.
With a special focus on achieving greater scale and impact in humanitarian action, OCHA ensured emerging humanitarian partners were prepared to deploy and support effective and well-coordinated humanitarian action. A key achievement was the launch of the ArabHum online portal—the first platform to provide crucial information for humanitarian actors in Arabic. It was launched at the Humanitarian Information Sharing and Partnership Conference in Kuwait in September.
To broaden dialogue with partners and agree on shared commitments to humanitarian policies and priorities, OCHA supported the African Union and its Regional Economic Commissions in developing operational capacities and policy frameworks for concerted humanitarian response. These efforts included consulting on the draft of the African Union Disaster Management Policy and Humanitarian Policy Framework, as well as intense dialogue and policy advice on the ECOWAS Humanitarian Policy.
OCHA organized the first OCHA-OIC partnership mission to the Sahel, which yielded concrete results in terms of supporting humanitarian action in the region from many partners. The mission was a useful tool to advance and deepen partner awareness and engagement in multilateral response in the Sahel region and beyond.
OCHA extended the operational and financial bases for humanitarian action, welcoming several new members to the UNDAC system and donors to country-based pooled funds. Estonia, Germany, Korea, Latvia, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania and the African Union made their first contributions to humanitarian country-based pooled funds in 2012, while Brazil and Hungary joined the ranks of UNDAC member countries. OCHA significantly exceeded the targeted number of Urban Search and Rescue teams classified:35 were classified by the end of 2012 versus the 30 teams targeted.
To harness the variety of ongoing initiatives with a many partners, OCHA developed a corporate vision throughout 2012 for consistent and coherent relationship-building with Member States, regional organizations, donors, the private sector and humanitarian actors. The strategy was put into action in July 2012 through the establishment of a dedicated Partnership and Resource Mobilization Branch that coordinates the organization’s outreach efforts . The Senior Management Team approved a proposal that sets out steps to rationalize and prioritize OCHA’s outreach efforts and ensure greater coherence across OCHA in support of building sustainable and results-oriented relationships with key actors.
- Objective 1.1 - Member States and Regional Organizations
- Objective 1.2 - Operational Partners
- Objective 1.3 - Preparedness
- Objective 1.4 - Analysis and System-Wide Learning
- Objective 2.1 - Accountable Humanitarian Coordination Leaders
- Objective 2.2 - Scaling Up and Drawing Down Operations
- Objective 2.3 - Tools and Services
- Objective 2.4 - The Humanitarian Programme Cycle
- Objective 3.1 - Funding and Financial Management
- Objective 3.2 - Surge and Staffing Solutions
- Objective 3.3 - Organizational Learning for Results