Guide for Governments: International Humanitarian Action

Disaster response begins at the local level yet it is carried out within the context of the global humanitarian system. Any meaningful humanitarian action must bring local and global actors and systems together. This guide is a tool to help governments navigate between these two levels and the many linkages between them.

What it is

This guide is a reference tool to for gaining knowledge and understanding of the international humanitarian system in Latin America and the Caribbean to facilitate, when needed, the rapid mobilization of humanitarian assistance and help governments respond to the immediate needs of those affected by emergencies.

Who it is for

This guide is for all government employees working on emergency response and operational readiness, including but not limited to defense and civil protection. It also serves as a reference to civil society actors, international partners, intergovernmental organizations and disaster affected people both nationally and regionally.

How to use this guide

This guide has six main sections:

  1. Humanitarian action and its normative framework.
  2. Coordination of humanitarian action.
  3. Technical expertise.
  4. Humanitarian financing.
  5. Humanitarian resources and tools.
  6. Operational readiness.

Content in these sections are organized as file cards, answering frequently asked questions about the different tools presented. For additional information, web links and resources are provided for each section. Each institution and its personnel are encouraged to reach out to partners through humanitarian networks or other humanitarian coordination platforms and to promote coordination in alliance with the United Nations system.

For further information, please contact:

Wendy Cue, Head of OCHA Regional Office
Tel: (+507) 317 1748
Cell: (+507) 6679-1861

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Wendy Cue
Head of OCHA Regional Office

Tel: (+507) 317 1748
Cell: (+507) 6679-1861