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Humanitarian policy and partnerships

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

2022-23 total Australian ODA [budget estimate]
$10.0 million

* Australia’s development efforts are set out in Partnerships for Recovery: Australia’s COVID-19 Development Response.

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 2018-19, 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 2018 -2021.

Australia also contributes to country-based pooled funds managed by OCHA to help meet the highest priority needs in humanitarian crises. In 2018-19, Australia provided $19 million to country-based pooled funds in Afghanistan, Somalia, South Sudan and Myanmar.

Video: Country Based Pooled Funds

Find out how Australia supports OCHA's Country-Based Pooled Funds to deliver humanitarian aid where it is most needed

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