Support to OCHA ROLAC DP and DRR activities 2013-2014

Contract partner: UNOCHA - United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs - SwitzerlandCountry: Nord- und Mittelamerika, regional/länderübergreifend Funding amount: € 200.000,00Project start: 01.01.2013End: 31.12.2014

Short Description:

Overall goal

The current Three-Year-Programme on Austrian Development Policy for the Caribbean identifies the negative impact of climate change and recurring natural disasters as the largest obstacles to reaching the MDGs for the mostly small island states. An estimated 5 million people were affected by over 57 natural disasters in 2012. Therefore Austria supports regional cooperation in developing institutional capacities and providing expertise in disaster risk management.

This project constitutes a one-time contribution to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affiars (OCHA) Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC) activities in disaster preparedness (DP) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) for the period of 2013-2014. OCHA’s activities directly benefit humanitarian organizations and humanitarian actors, including governments in terms of response preparedness, better management and coordination of the programme cycle, advocacy, or information management. In turn, the beneficiaries of each humanitarian organization are indirect beneficiaries of OCHA.

Based in Panama, ROLAC covers 42 countries and territories, and supports OCHA offices in Colombia and Haiti. A network of National Disaster-Response Advisers (NDRAs) and Information Management (IM) assistants working in 11 countries supports ROLAC outside of Panama. The NDRAs support UN and international partners in their work with national authorities. With their help, and under the guidance of the Regional Disaster Response Advisors (RDRA), ROLAC provides in-country training and advice on disaster response and preparedness to national authorities.

ROLAC has established partnerships with several inter-governmental institutions in the region, supports the activities of the Working Group on Risk Emergency and Disasters for Latin America and the Caribbean (REDLAC), and also interacts with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, CDEMA (part of CARICOM).

project number2736-00/2013
source of fundingOEZA
sector Humanitäre Hilfe: Maßnahmen zu Vermeidung und Vorbeugung von Katastrophen
  • 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.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.