Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance in Afghanistan

Contract partner: UNOCHA - United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs - SwitzerlandCountry: Afghanistan Funding amount: € 500.000,00Project start: 01.01.2010End: 31.12.2010

Short Description:

Overall goal

The humanitarian aid measures under this grant are financed from the Austrian Foreign Disaster Aid Fund.

Since 2001, the international community has made great efforts to rebuild and stabilize Afghanistan. Despite some advances, the upsurge of armed conflict, widespread poverty, lack of basic social services, population movements and the severe impact of natural disasters have continued to render the population in many parts of the county vulnerable and lacking in access to sufficient quantities of food, basic health care, safe water, education and shelter.

In keeping with its mandate as the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA's key priority in Afghanistan in 2010 is to continue creating an enabling environment in which the humanitarian actors are able to deliver timely and needs-based humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable populations in the country.

OCHA's activities falls into the broad categories of general humanitarian coordination (including civil-military coordination) and information management. OCHA seeks

¢ to promote and advocate compliance with and respect for the fundamental humanitarian principles of humanity, and impartiality and

¢ to build up credibility with all key stakeholders in order to improve coordination, facilitate access, and enhance the quantity and quality of humanitarian action for the most vulnerable populations in Afghanistan.

The primary and direct beneficiaires of OCHA's activities in Afghanistan are the Humanitarian Coordinator, UN Agencies and other international and national humanitarian actors engaged in the delivery of humanitarian assistance to displaced and local populations. Secondary beneficiaries are the local populations and displaced persons in Afghanistan.

project number2645-00/2010
source of fundingAKF
sector Humanitäre Hilfe: Sofortmaßnahmen
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
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