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Fast Facts

The humanitarian situation in the Somali region – particularly the conflict affected zones of Degehabur, Fik, Gode, Korahe and Warder – has necessitated OCHA sub-offices in Jijiga, Gode, Kebridehar and Gambella. The situation in the Gambella region, bordering Sudan, has also necessitated a strengthened OCHA effort. OCHA plays a critical liaison role between the government and the humanitarian community in Ethiopia. As a result of its relationships with key stakeholders in government, donor and humanitarian community and information gathered by field personnel, OCHA is well positioned to ensure that constructive dialogue, informed by evidence-based analysis of the humanitarian situation, can lead to tangible improvements in the operational environment. The Humanitarian Response Fund (HRF), managed by OCHA Ethiopia, ensures that predictable humanitarian financing is available to United Nations agencies and NGOs for the delivery of response in a timely manner. In addition, the HRF has taken the lead in developing innovative approaches to fund management through the participation of government, United Nations and NGOs in review processes as well as steps towards strengthening its capacity to monitor projects.

Over the past two years, the scope of HRF activities has more than doubled, thus requiring increased OCHA support in financial compliance monitoring. Looking forward to 2010, coordination challenges are likely to include: establishing a common understanding with government of the scale and extent of humanitarian needs in the country; mobilizing resources required by government and actors to mount an effective response to food and non-food needs; and advocating for humanitarian access. In response to challenges associated with a further deterioration of the humanitarian situation in 2010, OCHA Ethiopia will continue to facilitate coordination among the humanitarian community; support government capacity to address humanitarian challenges through national mechanisms; and serve as a liaison between government and international actors on multiple levels; including on humanitarian access and predictable funding.

In 2010, OCHA Ethiopia will specifically: