Relationships strengthened with a wider group of operational partners and other relevant actors to advance humanitarian action
The number of actors involved in humanitarian action is growing constantly. Each actor brings different levels of knowledge about existing coordination systems and tools. Working in complex, sometimes chaotic, environments, OCHA must engage properly and broaden its partnership with these new stakeholders, tapping into all possible resources and diversity of expertise and capacity, while ensuring response and preparedness efforts are mutually reinforcing and complementary.
In 2012-2013, OCHA will focus on strengthening strategic coherence between humanitarian, development, peacebuilding, and peace and security efforts, as appropriate to the context. It will do this by working through existing coordination mechanisms in the field, such as Senior Policy Groups, and at HQ, in the Integration Steering Group, and Integrated Task Forces. OCHA will tackle the challenges related to UN integration policy and humanitarian space, principally by facilitating dialogue and joint analysis among humanitarian actors and peace and security partners, such as DPA and DPKO.
With increased diversity and presence of NGOs, charitable organizations and other non-governmental national and international humanitarian actors providing assistance, OCHA will develop and further strengthen relationships and partnerships to help promote an effective, coordinated and principled response. OCHA will use its network of regional and liaison offices, with dedicated HQ support, to identify potential partners and build and consolidate ties with relevant organizations. Similarly, OCHA country offices will be supported to work more effectively with operational partners and engage them in the overall humanitarian effort. Particular emphasis will be placed on partnerships with key humanitarian actors who are new or less familiar with the international humanitarian system (e.g. key partners from Arab and Muslim countries and national NGOs) to promote trust, coordination, and information exchange at regional and field levels.
OCHA’s private sector outreach to date has confirmed that humanitarian agencies lack understanding of private sector potential, and how to unlock it. Conversely, private sector partners are frustrated at not being appropriately engaged in efforts to find solutions to humanitarian problems.A recent internal review identified a series of risks and challenges that OCHA must address in order to refocus and sustain its private sector outreach. Subsequently, OCHA articulated its vision for private-sector partnerships. Identified priorities for future engagement include developing and supporting a limited number of transformational partnerships where business innovation can bring solutions and resources to systemic challenges (in the areas of Humanitarian Leadership Development, Advocacy, Aid Effectiveness, Information Management, Risk Mitigation and Business Continuity, as well as Preparedness), and initiating partnerships with existing private-sector platforms and forums to facilitate and enhance the channeling of private sector resources to humanitarian action.To execute these priorities, and ensure organizational coherence, OCHA is establishing, in 2012, a dedicated Private Sector Section.