Australia works with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to support its vital work in mobilising 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.