United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Australia works with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to support its vital work in mobilizing and coordinating response to humanitarian disasters.

Funding to OCHA supports the rapid and effective allocation of humanitarian assistance based on need. OCHA’s five core functions are (1) coordination; (2) humanitarian financing; (3) policy; (4) advocacy; and (5) information management.

Australia provided $10 million in funding to OCHA in 2016-17, which supported:

  • the mobilisation and coordination of effective humanitarian action, in partnership with national authorities, to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies
  • strengthened disaster preparedness across the Indo-Pacific region, with specific support to the budgets of OCHA’s Regional Office for the Asia-Pacific (ROAP) and Regional Office for the Pacific (ROP); and
  • effective advocacy and leadership for timely humanitarian response

Australia supports OCHA’s overarching approach, goals and objectives as outlined in OCHA’s Strategic Plan 2014-2017.

Australia also contributes to country-based pooled funds managed by OCHA to help meet the highest priority needs in humanitarian crises. In 2017, Australia provided $4.5 million of the funds to the Somalia Humanitarian Fund, and was the fund’s fifth biggest donor.

Last Updated: 11 August 2017
OCHA United Nations representatives with group of people
OCHA representatives visiting the Malakal Protection of Civilian site in South Sudan in 2016. Credit: OCHA
OCHA representative in a row boat with a man
OCHA speaking to a man affected by the humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad Basin in 2016. Credit: OCHA
OCHA representatives taking details of civilians
OCHA in 2016 helped seeds be distributed in Ethiopia as part of activities to help communities recover from crisis. Credit: OCHA
Large group of people sitting and talking, under outdoor shelter
OCHA held consultations with communities in Fiji following Tropical Cyclone Winston in 2016 on how to better manage crises in the future. Credit: Danielle Parry, OCHA