Strengthening Humanitarian Coordination and Advocacy in the Horn of Africa

Contract partner: UNOCHA - United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs - Switzerland Country: Subsahara-Afrika, regional/länderübergreifend Funding amount: € 1.000.000,00 Project start: 01.12.2011 End: 30.11.2012

Short Description:

Overall goal

In response to the growing drought and famine crisis in the Horn of Africa, OCHA streamlined its presence in Nairobi in 2011 into an office for Eastern Africa, aimed to provide first-line surge support to crisis-affected countries where there is no OCHA presence, such as Burundi, Djibouti, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. This office also provides intensified support services to Kenya as one of the countries hardest hit by the current drought. In addition,

OCHA maintains three other offices in the Horn of Africa – OCHA Somalia, OCHA Ethiopia and OCHA Eritrea - to which this grant contributes.

To ensure coordinated, effective and principled humanitarian action to vulnerable people in all the countries of the Horn of Africa to which the OCHA activities extend, OCHA strives to achieve the following:

1: Humanitarian coordination leaders are enabled to respond to emergencies in a timely and coordinated fashion.

2: Reliable and timely information is used to support vulnerability analysis for better preparedness and response.

3: Regional bodies and national Governments are willing and better able to access and utilize international humanitarian response services and tools before, during and after crises.

4: Resources and support are available from a wider group of Member States, private-sector organizations and civil society for emergency response and preparedness.

5: Clusters and cluster working groups are established and functioning

6: Overall coordination, information management, contingency planning and advocacy.

7: The Regional Office in Kenya is equipped to rapidly support emergency response capacity in crisis-affected countries.

project number 2676-06/2011
source of funding OEZA
sector Humanitäre Hilfe: Sofortmaßnahmen
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    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
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