Humanitarian conditions in Afghanistan have steadily deteriorated in recent years. An intensification of the conflict has caused growing civilian casualties and displacement, delayed humanitarian action and disrupted essential services. The ongoing withdrawal of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) from Afghanistan, to be completed in 2014, risks disrupting local economies and adversely affecting humanitarian and development action.
Afghanistan is exposed to multiple, predictable and recurrent natural hazards which are exacerbated by ongoing climate change. Given its mountainous topography and the location of its five major river basins in particular, every province in Afghanistan is potentially prone to flooding and flash floods.
Through the CHAP 2013, OCHA has enabled and coordinated participating humanitarian actors to respond to various crises, conflicts and natural disasters that have affected Afghanistan, with 200 interventions at a total cost of $340 million.
In 2014, the CHAP strategic priorities are; to reinforce the protection of civilians; to strengthen emergency health care and access to services in contested areas; and to enhance life saving assistance to people who have been recently displaced by conflict.
OCHA administers the Emergency Response Fund (ERF) for NGOs responding to new or unforeseen emergencies in Afghanistan. To date, $6.5 million has been disbursed for 23 projects run by NGOs in 2013.
A Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) will start operating in January 2014, subject to donor contributions. The CHF will enable the Humanitarian Coordinator to channel resources towards the most acute humanitarian needs in country and towards the actors most able to deliver aid in insecure areas. These are often Afghan NGOs, who are the main-stay of humanitarian response. The fund is strategically important to the continued delivery of assistance to meet growing needs.
OCHA Afghanistan focuses on fulfilling its core responsibilities in coordination, information management and humanitarian financing. With six sub-offices covering 32 provinces, OCHA works closely with key national and international partners to improve operational coordination arrangements. It enhances the quality of information products for decision-making on humanitarian priorities, assists in resource mobilization and strengthens operational financial accountability mechanisms in Afghanistan.
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Funding to OCHA Afghanistan
|Requirements for 2016||0|
|Opening Balance **||0|
|Total (Contributions + Opening Balance) ***||0|
|* In 2016 OCHA received unearmarked contributions from the following donors:
Unearmarked contributions (or commitments) are those for which the donor does not require the funds to be used for a specific project, sector, crisis or country, leaving OCHA to decide how to allocate the funds.
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|** May include unearmarked and earmarked funding with implementation dates beyond the calendar year|
|*** Excludes miscellaneous income (e.g. adjustments, gain/losses on exchange rate etc.)|