Aid worker diary: Witnessing people’s strength in a crisis
3 Oct 2014
When a disaster strikes in the Philippines, OCHA’s Agnes Placio is one of the first responders to arrive. Agnes, a Filipino, understands the challenges faced by her people, and she uses her knowledge of her country to help OCHA Philippines respond. Agnes recently visited the Mayon...
Fiji: Building resilience in the face of climate change
11 Sep 2014
Increasingly severe weather patterns and rising sea levels have seen Fiji become the first country in the Pacific to relocate communities because of climate change.
Joana Tuisowaqa has lived in Narikoso village on Ono Island for 25 years. She says that, in the past five years, there has...
Bangladesh: Delivering emergency care to the most vulnerable
23 Jul 2014
Five-year old Ehsam (not his real name) had suffered from a debilitating inguinal hernia since he was six months old. Funding from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) helped get him the life-saving treatment he needed.
Fairly common and relatively easy-to-treat, most inguinal...
World Humanitarian Summit: Capturing Asia’s aid lessons
22 Jul 2014
Governments, academics, humanitarians, military leaders, and activists from across Asia-Pacific will gather in Tokyo, Japan, this week to draw out lessons from decades of humanitarian response in the region as part of the lead-up to the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit.
“What I am...
Humanitarian Data: OCHA launches ground-breaking data exchange platform
15 Jul 2014
It is a universal consensus that data saves lives. Data provides the humanitarian community with short and long term solutions to provide vulnerable communities with the help they need, when they need it.
Collecting and managing data, particularly in the onset of a humanitarian crisis,...