OCHA in 2009 Cover
Map of Chad



Fast Facts

Some eight United Nations agencies and over 56 NGOs are providing vital assistance to over half a million refugees, IDPs, returnees, and vulnerable host communities in Eastern and Southern Chad. A strong OCHA presence is necessary to avoid gaps and overlaps in coordination. OCHA is thus strengthening its presence in the East, while expanding its coverage to the South and West. Humanitarian coordination and response in Chad is a particular challenge due to ongoing violent incidents targeting aid organizations and the multiciplity of actors on the ground. While no large-scale fighting between government forces and armed opposition groups was reported during the second half of 2009, the internal political tension in Chad is still unresolved.

Sustained advocacy by OCHA to preserve the humanitarian space and ensure principled humanitarian response is therefore required. In addition, with the presence of the MINURCAT and DIS, OCHA civil-military coordination is imperative to ensure appropriate linkages between the mission and the humanitarian community. Natural disasters, floods, drought, epidemics and structural malnutrition are recurrent in the West and are adding to the complexity of the humanitarian situation in the country. As expressed by humanitarian actors in the CAP workshop held in N'Djamena in September 2009, there is growing demand for OCHA to advocate greater coverage of humanitarian needs and vulnerabilities in the entire country. Adequate resources are required to ensure needs are assessed and addressed in a timely manner. And OCHA is uniquely positioned to bring a more contextual analysis and encourage a more comprehensive response.

For 2010, OCHA has devised a robust plan of action to tackle coordination challenges in Chad: