Humanitarian response and preparedness are underpinned by integrated analysis and rigorous learning
For humanitarian response to work properly, it must be based on a sound analysis of the drivers behind different situations and the needs they produce. This is particularly important in a shifting global context, where issues such as climate change, rising food prices, rapid population growth and urbanization all have serious humanitarian implications, making millions of people more vulnerable. While there is a widespread recognition of the need to factor in these mega-trends and phenomena, there is little real consensus on the scale of the problems ahead and the new imperatives they bring for international humanitarian response.
OCHA is looking to build that consensus, drawing on the expertise of academics and humanitarian practitioners from around the world. The dialogue already underway intends to encourage the development of a joint policy agenda that looks at current and future humanitarian priorities, taking into account the new mega-trends and phenomena we confront, while providing the ERC, OCHA and our partners with a more coherent and confident platform to engage with national and international stakeholders.
Having helped create a shared policy agenda, OCHA will seek to make that agenda count. A new publication will highlight key policy issues. Improvements in OCHA’s situation reports, dashboards and information graphics will provide a global audience with a thorough analysis of humanitarian situations and trends. By boosting the content of these products and developing better distribution channels, including a more imaginative use of the international media, OCHA should have a better chance of the humanitarian policy agenda being adopted by the UN General Assembly, ECOSOC, UN Secretary-General reports and the IASC.
As the lead agency on coordination, OCHA will need to strengthen its capacity and that of its partners, focusing on anticipation, preparedness and action. This will mean more effective monitoring of vulnerability levels at the local and regional level, with information and analysis properly integrated into the overall response to growing needs around the world.