OCHA’s role is to bring together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. The core function of the organization is to mobilize and coordinate effective humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors; advocate the rights of people in need; promote preparedness and prevention and facilitate sustainable solutions. OCHA cannot deliver its mandate without the support of its donors.
OCHA receives voluntary contributions from a diverse set of donors. Their generous contributions and constant active support allow OCHA to deliver its services and to develop innovative ways to meet or address the challenges confronting the global humanitarian community. OCHA highly values its donors’ funding year after year and counts on continued support during a period of unprecedented humanitarian need.
To finance OCHA’s activities, only 5 per cent of the Office’s annual budget is funded from the United Nations Regular Budget. Therefore, OCHA remains reliant on voluntary contributions from Member States, the European Commission, and other donors.
OCHA’s 2018 extra budgetary (XB) opening budget is $240.8 million, representing a decrease of $34 million, or 12 per cent compared with the 2017 opening budget of $274.8 million. OCHA’s administrative budget is funded by programme support costs levied on the XB at 7 per cent.
OCHA makes sure that the contributions made by donors find their way to the most vulnerable populations, providing the financial requirements for its own programme, as efficient as possible. By coordinating humanitarian action, information management and humanitarian financing, a proficient system has been developed to guarantee a fast response to humanitarian crises without extra costs for the donors.