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Fast Facts

Zimbabwe is experiencing a gradual shift from humanitarian crisis to recovery following political changes that have positively impacted socio-economic conditions. However, considerable humanitarian needs remain and the impact of erosion of livelihoods will continue to be felt throughout 2010. OCHA is working closely with humanitarian partners to ensure the needs of the most vulnerable populations are met, especially in the basic sectors of health, education, water and sanitation and food security.

OCHA is instrumental in bringing together humanitarian partners to better analyze humanitarian needs and coordinate humanitarian action. The international community continues to support humanitarian and “humanitarian plus” activities, while increasing their engagement on recovery and development planning. The Short Term Emergency Recovery Plan (STERP) developed by the Inclusive Government has the potential to considerably improve the humanitarian situation if implemented fully, and in close cooperation with the humanitarian community. While the country moves towards a transition to recovery, OCHA will play an important role in ensuring strong coordination, resource mobilization, advocacy and IM related to targeted humanitarian and “humanitarian plus” assistance.

In 2010 OCHA will prioritize the following support to the HC and the humanitarian community:

In relation to Objective 1.2 (relationships strengthened with a wider group of operational partners, and other relevant actors to advance humanitarian action) OCHA will enhance engagement and partnership with counterparts in the government, NGOs, regional bodies and donors in support of humanitarian action. This is required to allow for efficient response and transparent coordination with participation of all key stakeholders.

In relation to Objective 1.4, in de-linking the humanitarian from the political for improved response, OCHA will ensure response planning is based on rigorous and joint situation analysis. With increased IM capacities, the office will focus on tailoring more user-oriented information products to better support inclusive assessment, planning and needs-based response. OCHA will also work toward a more effective humanitarian response through Objective 2.4 (a more systematic coordination of the common humanitarian programme cycle). With the roll-out of the cluster approach in 2008, the improvement of the ERF and gradually more inclusive CAP process, there is increased engagement in the development of the CHAP.

OCHA will help ensure that effective coordination and response mechanisms support the HCT and clusters, at national and provincial level, for joint assessments and analysis, resource mobilization and allocation, as well as monitoring and evaluation.