Partnerships with a wider group of Member States and regional organizations in support of humanitarian action
Partnerships are voluntary and collaborative relationships between various parties, both public and non-public, in which all participants agree to work together to achieve a common purpose or undertake a specific task, and to share risks, responsibilities, resources and benefits. In late 2011, the GA encouraged the UN to develop “transformational” and “innovative” partnership models, which include “the appropriate set of stakeholders from all relevant sectors and utilize the core competencies of each partner to catalyse wide-scale changes in behaviour, achieving greater scale and impact because the benefits accrue broadly, not just to participants in the partnership.” Our partnership and inclusivity agenda is therefore about better fulfilling the OCHA’s mandate to mobilize timely and effective relief and protection for all in need, by connecting, convening and supporting all actors who have the capacity, resources and desire to contribute to different aspects of humanitarian action, from preparedness through to resilience and recovery.
Over the past two years, OCHA has strengthened its engagement with Member States and regional organizations at the headquarters, regional and country levels. OCHA has established new strategic partnerships for operational support in emergencies, and heightened dialogue and political influence on humanitarian agenda, policy concerns and specific crises. It has also secured a broader range of in-kind and financial support for multilateral humanitarian action through the Consolidated Appeals Process, Central Emergency Response Fund, country-based pooled funds and for OCHA itself. These efforts aim to ensure stronger engagement with Member States and regional organizations to enable the effective and coordinated delivery of humanitarian assistance in emergencies.
In 2013 the objective of OCHA’s partnership efforts is to build a more inclusive and effective humanitarian preparedness and response system, so that the appropriate combination of local, national, regional and multilateral response capacities is deployed, making maximum use of available expertise and experience, from private to public, local to international. Only by working to create a more inclusive system, which values diversity and innovation, can the multilateral system continue to provide added value in a resource-tight environment characterized by growing humanitarian need and an increasing array of actors with both the will and the interest to play a central role, particularly from the Global South.
Under the banner of a more coherent, focused and targeted corporate partnership vision, OCHA will build a more inclusive and participatory system for humanitarian action that is firmly grounded in a diverse partner support base. OCHA will continue to strengthen and formalize its engagement with governments and regional organizations. It will share best practice in disaster management, and develop and validate procedures and guidance, while also seeking out innovative solutions to current humanitarian challenges and input and insights to shape multilateral response from new actors. OCHA will also work to increase the membership of flagship multilateral response mechanisms, such as UNDAC and INSARAG. These partnerships are critical to ensure that strengthened national authority capacity enables national and regional ownership of humanitarian assistance programmes, and ensures the predictable, appropriate and needs based deployment of foreign Military and Civil Defence Assets by Member States and regional organizations.
Through outreach activities, such as the Dialogue for Humanitarian Partnership, Member State briefings, annual partnership/consultative meetings, participation in MS and regional IGOs organized meetings and conferences and Humanitarian Partnerships missions, OCHA aims to encourage Member State and Regional Organisations contributions to the development of inclusive humanitarian policies. OCHA will promote the adoption of humanitarian civil-military coordination (UN-CMCoord) guidelines and concepts by Member States and regional organizations into existing military doctrine, policies and SOPs necessary to guide the appropriate use of MCDA in support of humanitarian operations.
OCHA will increase its engagement with regional political organizations that have developed or are developing operational capacity for humanitarian response. It will provide strategic support and technical engagement on international humanitarian coordination mechanisms and tools, such as UNDAC, INSARAG, UN-CMCoord, contingency planning, early warning mechanisms, joint needs assessments preparedness and response, humanitarian financing, and policies.
Through its network of regional and liaison offices, OCHA will strengthen its engagement with Member States, regional and intergovernmental organizations to ensure that regional and international disaster response systems are optimally aligned, giving both the requesting states and the provider of relief, a clearer understanding of the assistance that is available locally and internationally, and ensuring synergies are developed in disaster management efforts, reciprocity in information sharing and incorporation of diverse perspectives into relevant policies and decisions, tools, and mechanisms. Through this network, OCHA will also ensure that core humanitarian principles and priorities are reflected in regional organisations’ and Member States’ decisions and policy development. OCHA will also prioritize broadening humanitarian dialogue to develop increased mutual understanding of diverse approaches to humanitarian action.
Finally, OCHA will broaden funding sources for multilateral humanitarian action to ensure more priority needs are met in a timely and efficient manner, promoting global burden-sharing for humanitarian action.